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International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
The 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 Pace Center for the Environmental Legal Studies hosted a workshop on Giving Force to Conservation Laws: Environmental Adjudication.
IUCN Academy of Environmental Law
Pace Law School 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; Pace Law School hosted 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. Pace faculty speak at the colloquium each year.
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. Pace 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 Pace faculty and staff provide help to IUCN CEL as needed.
IUCN World Conservation Congress
As an active voting member of IUCN, Pace 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.