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IUCN Partnership


International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

The Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies has long been a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN is the world’s largest conservation network; the Union brings together 160 countries, 89 States, 124 government agencies, more than 800 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and some 11,000 scientists and experts in a unique worldwide partnership. The Union’s mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.

At the 2012 World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Republic of Korea, the Global Center for the Environmental Legal Studies hosted a workshop on Giving Force to Conservation Laws: Environmental Adjudication.

IUCN Academy of Environmental Law

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law has played a key role in the development of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. Professor Nicholas Robinson led the effort to establish the Academy during his tenure as Chair of IUCN CEL and later served as Chair of the Academy. The Academy is rooted in the “Earth Summit’s” call for universities to advance legal education for integrating environment and development. In 1998, IUCN members requested that IUCN CEL develop a network of university law faculties to strengthen environmental legal education worldwide. IUCN formally authorized the concept of an Academy of Environmental Law at the Second World Conservation Congress in 2000 and gave its final approval for the Academy in December 2002.

The Academy is a global learned society dedicated to advancing knowledge of the ways in which law promotes a just society that values and conserves nature. The Academy convenes international colloquia every year; the Elisabeth Haub School of Lawhosted the fourth colloquium, entitled “Toward More Effective Implementation of Environmental Law: Compliance and Enforcement” in October 2006. The colloquium drew more than 220 participants from 47 countries and 65 universities. Haub faculty, students, and alumni speak at the colloquium each year.

Watch a video about the IUCN Academy produced by our partner, Maryland Carey Law, and featuring Professor Nicholas Robinson.

IUCN Commission on Environmental Law

The IUCN Commission on Environmental Law (CEL) is a network of environmental law and policy experts from all regions of the world who volunteer their knowledge and services to IUCN activities.  Haub Professor Nicholas Robinson has served as Chair of IUCN CEL and is currently chair of its Arctic Law Specialist Group.  Dean Emeritus Richard Ottinger is Chair of the Energy and Climate Change Specialist Group. Other Haub faculty and staff provide help to IUCN CEL as needed.

IUCN World Conservation Congress

As an active voting member of IUCN, Haub sends a delegation to IUCN’s World Conservation Congress, which occurs every four years and attracts thousands of registrants from around the world with the purpose of networking, educating, and setting policy for the organization and its members.  Hundreds of events and workshops occur during the WCC, making it one of the world’s most dynamic environmental conferences.  Our students, faculty and alumni prepare Motions for Resolutions of the Congress, participate in the Members Assembly and present workshops.

At the 2012 World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Republic of Korea, Haub hosted a "Conservation Campus" on environmental adjudication. You can watch the workshops on IUCN's YouTube site.

At the 2016 World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, a delegation from Pace Law, including faculty, alumni, staff and students, will join thousands of other world leaders in environmental law to take part in deliberations and votes on critical sustainability and conservation issues.  In partnership with the William S. Richardson School of Law at University of Hawai’iaddition, Pace Law will also hold an international environmental law moot court focused on intergenerational climate justice and the international law response to the global climate crisis.