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Activities and Leadership

In cooperation with the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, an international Steering Committee is guiding the planning for IJIEA’s first year of programs, which will begin in 2011, and is now assembling Advisory Committees of judges, and Technical Committees of environmental law scholars, legal experts, and court administrators.  The Steering Committee is currently co-chaired by: 

  • Hon. Hilario G. Davide, Jr.
    Former Ambassador & Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations; Former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of the Philippines
  • Hon. Merideth Wright
    Judge, Vermont Environmental Court (USA)
  • Professor Nicholas A. Robinson
    University Professor for the Environment, Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, Pace University School of Law (IUCN)
  • Professor Richard Macrory
    Professor of Environmental Law, University College London (UK)

The Institute will be seeking institutional, organizational, and strategic partners from around the world for collaboration on its upcoming activities. Under the leadership of this initial advisory committee, the following activities are underway:

  • In January 2011, IJIEA will publish a volume on court and tribunal environmental decision-making presenting articles written by the world’s leading experts in the field.  This publication is tentatively titled: “The Role of The Environmental Judiciary” and the articles will elaborate on why many jurisdictions have created specialized environmental tribunals and how they function.  This will be a special issue of the Journal of Court Innovation, which the New York State Judicial Institute publishes with Pace Law School
  • The Institute is presently inviting courts and tribunals to become associated with the Institute, and will publish a global Directory of environmental courts and tribunals in conjunction with the January 2011 special issue of the Journal of Court Innovation.  The Directory and the special issue will both be publicly available online with no charge