Elisabeth Haub Award for Environmental Law and Diplomacy

The Elisabeth Haub Award for Environmental Law and Diplomacy is the world’s most distinguished award in the field of environmental law. The award was created in 1997 by the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, in cooperation with the Haub Family, to honor the legacy of Elisabeth Haub (1899 – 1977), a noted philanthropist and advocate for strong laws for the conservation of nature. The award is chosen annually by an esteemed jury of leaders in environmental law and was first established to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Stockholm Conference and the 5th anniversary of the United Nations Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit. Please check back for information on the 2022 Call for Nominations.

2021 Elisabeth Haub Award for Environmental Law & Diplomacy

The 2021 Elisabeth Haub Award for Environmental Law & Diplomacy was conferred on Ugandan climate justice advocate Vanessa Nakate and Professor Wang Xi, an environmental law scholar and advocate with Kunming University of Science and Technology in China during a virtual awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 to participants from across the globe and was preceded by a panel discussion. The 2021 award highlighted the inter-generational nature of leadership in the environmental realm by showcasing the advocacy and impactful work of both award recipients, who have uniquely served to protect the environment and advance climate justice. Watch a video of the event below.


Criteria for the Award

The Award may be granted for any of the following accomplishments:

  1. Contributions which have generally led to the progressive development of environmental law and policy;
  2. Particular practical success in specific instances as well as initiatives leading to a new idea or concept in the field of environmental law and policy of one or several countries.

The jury will convene to select the laureate and then a public announcement of the selection will follow.

2021 Award Jury Members

The followed esteemed panel of individuals comprise the Jury for the 2021 Elisabeth Haub Award for Environmental Law and Diplomacy: 

Dr. Grethel Aguilar, Reginonal Director for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, International Union for the Conservation of Nature

Horace Anderson, Dean, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Jonas Ebbesson, Professor of Environmental Law and Director Stockholm Environmental Law and Policy Centre, Stockholm University

Liliane Haub, Environmental Advocate and Pace University Board of Trustees Member

Narinder Kakar, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Professor Emeritus, University for Peace and Secretary of the Jury 

Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Founding Research Director of International Environmental Law Research Centre, Dean and Professor of Law, University of Nairobi

Rose Lesley Kautoke, Senior Crown Counsel, Attorney General’s Office of the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga

Katrina Fischer Kuh, Haub Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Smita Narula, Haub Distinguished Professor of International Law, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Tianbao Qin, Luojia Professor of Law, Wuhan University

Nicholas A. Robinson, Executive Governor, International Council of Environmental Law, University Professor on the Environment and Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law Emeritus

Dr. Rômulo Sampaio, Partner, Reis & Sampaio LLP

Past Laureates



Vanessa Nakate (Uganda)
In recognition of her work as a citizen diplomat bringing the voice of her generation to global environmental campaigns and inspiring climate activism in Uganda and beyond

Professor Wang Xi (China)
For his contributions to the formulation of environmental laws in China, which hold vital importance to the advancement of global environmental law

2020 In memoriam to Environmental Defenders (Globally) 
In recognition of those who lost their lives defending their land and the environment from destructive industries 


Stephen C. McCaffrey (USA)
As Special Rapporteur of the UN Convention on International Water Courses and Sustained Leadership Building International Environmental Law
2017 Reinhard Josef Krapp (Germany)
For exceptional and sustained commitment to advancing multilateral policy to further sustainable development and environmental values globally
2016 Christiana Figueres (Costa Rica)
In Recognition of her Remarkable Diplomatic Achievements as the Architect of the Paris Climate Accords
2015 Antonio Herman Benjamin (Brazil)

Luis Alberto Figueiredo (Brazil)
For his service to biodiversity when he served as Brazil’s Minister of Foreign Affairs
2014 Richard Macrory (United Kingdom)
2013 Marc Pallemaerts (Belgium)
2012 Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi
For Sustained and Innovative Leadership Establishing the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
2012 Koh Kheng Lian (Singapore)
2011 Alan Boyle (Scotland)
2010 Biliana Cicin-Sain
For her outstanding contributions to the international efforts to preserve the world’s oceans and several international agreements related to them
2009 Julio Barboza For his outstanding service to international environmental governance

Donald Kaniaru (Kenya)
2008 Laurence Boisson de Chazournes (Switzerland)

Hilario G. Davide, Jr. (Philippines)
For his exceptional leadership in building consensus for the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the United Nations General Assembly
2007 Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin (Belgium)

David Freestone (United Kingdom)

Mohamed A. Sahnoun (Algeria)
For His Role in the Negotiation of Agreements Crucial to Sustainable Development
2006 Dinah Shelton (USA)
Thomas A. Mensah (Ghana)

Klaus Töpfer (Germany)
For excellence in leading UNEP and advancing global environmental stewardship
2005 James MacNeill (Canada)
For facilitating “Our Common Future” leading the United Nations to convene the 1992 Earth Summit

Phillippe Sands (United Kingdom)
2004 Mohamed El-Ashry (Egypt)
In recognition of his extraordinary service to the Global Environment Fund

Ramón Ojeda Mestre (Mexico)
2003 Peter H. Sand (Germany)
2002 Askar Akaev (Kyrgyzstan)
For initiating and inspiring the United Nations Year of the Mountains

Mohamed Ali Mekouar (Morocco)
2001 Bagher Asadi (Iran)
For distinguished accomplishments in securing developing Nations’ support for UNEP, the Kyoto Protocol and establishment of the United Nations Forest Forum

Ludwig Krämer (Germany)
2000 Veit Koester (Denmark)
For extraordinary contributions to negotiation of the Convention on Biological Diversity and other multilateral environmental agreements

Akio Morishima (Japan)

Tuiloma Neroni Slade (Samoa)
For inspired leadership of the United Nations Initiative for Small Island Developing States
1999 Johan Gerrit Lammers (Netherlands)

Bo John Kjellen (Sweden)
For distinguished service leading negotiations of the Convention on Desertification<

Tan Sri Razali Ismail (Malaysia)
For his initiatives in the Special Sessions of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development with positive participation by Civil Society
1998 Parvez Hassan (Pakistan)
1997 Günther Handl (Austria)
1996 Tommy Thong-Bee Koh (Singapore)
1995 Patrick Széll (United Kingdom)
1994 Edith Brown-Weiss (USA)
1993 Winfried Lang (Austria)
1992 Nicholas A. Robinson (USA)
1991 Hubert Bocken (Belgium)
1990 Andronico Oduogo Adede (Kenya)
1989 Zdenek Madar (Czechoslovakia)
1988 Cyrille de Klemm (France)
1987 Reinhard Ganten (Germany)
1986 Michael Bothe (Germany)
1985 Paulo Affonso Leme Machado (Brazil)
1984 Charles Okidi (Kenya)
1983 Heribert Rausch (Switzerland)
1982 Louis-Paul Suetens (Belgium)
1981 Mateo J. Magarinos de Mello (Uruguay)
1980 Russell Train (USA)
1979 Alexandre-Charles Kiss (Hungary)
Oleg Stepanovitch Kolbasov (USSR)
1978 Guillermo Cano (Germany)
Eckhard Rehbinder (Argentina)
1977 Joseph L. Sax (USA)
Henri Smets (Belgium)
1976 Jacques Hoeffler (Belgium)
Michel Prieur (France)
1975 Wolfgang Burhenne (Germany)
Waclaw Brzezinski (Poland)
Michel Despax (France)
1974 Michel Carpentier (France)
Jean-Paul Harroy (Belgium)
Jean Lamarque (France)


In Memoriam to Environmental Defenders

2020 Elisabeth Haub Award for Environmental Law & Diplomacy

The 2020 Elisabeth Haub Award for Environmental Law & Diplomacy was conferred in memoriam to Environmental Defenders who lost their lives defending their land and the environment from destructive industries. The number of attacks against environmental defenders continues to rise, with 212 killings documented by Global Witness in 2019. The ceremony was preceded by a panel discussion featuring leading environmental advocates and activists from around the globe. 



Robert ChanRobert Chan, Executive Director, Palawan NGO Network, Inc. (PNNI), Philippines

Atty. Robert ‘Bobby’ Chan is a product of the Ateneo de Manila University. He finished his law degree, Juris Doctor, in 1994 in the Ateneo School of Law and immediately pursued an internship program with the Ateneo Human Rights Center, for which he was assigned to environmental law practice in Palawan. He initially worked as a Legal Staff of the Environmental Legal Assistance Center and eventually was asked to head the Palawan NGO Network Incorporated as its Executive Director in 2010 up to the present. He is sometimes called the chainsaw man of Palawan owing to his more than 700 confiscated illegal logging chainsaws impounded in his office, along with several dynamite fishing boats and mining equipment. But Bobby wants to be known as an advocate of Deeds, and not Words, which most environmentalists have a tendency to interchange.
For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/palawanngonetworkinc

Carlos Alfonso NegretCarlos Alfonso Negret, Former Ombudsman, Republic of Colombia

Carlos Alfonso Negret was the Ombudsman of Colombia during the constitutional period of September 1st of 2016 to August 31st of 2020. He carried out his work with the commitment to ensure the less favored, make visible the invisible, privilege governance in the territories and promote the consolidation of a human rights culture to live in peace.

During his mandate as Ombudsman, he was elected as Chairperson of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), which reunites more than 113 National Human Rights Institutions at the global level.

Prior to his election as Ombudsman, he served in various positions in the public and private sectors, such as INCORA (Colombian Institute for Land Reform), an entity where the first stages to learn about the problems that afflict the rural sector in the nation and the complex difficulties to face it were identified. Likewise, he represented his country in the United States of America, as Consul, getting to know first-hand, the problematics lived by fellow citizens abroad, especially in prison matters.
For more information, see https://www.lacolombiaolvidada.com

Krystal Two BullsKrystal Two Bulls, Northern Cheyenne/Oglala Lakota; Director, LANDBACK Campaign; NDN Collective

Krystal Two Bulls has extensive experience as an organizer and on the frontlines with campaign development and management on local, national and transnational campaigns for social, racial and environmental justice. Krystal’s identity as a Native American veteran is central to her organizing and storytelling. At the heart of Krystal’s work are the connections between collective wellness, environmental justice, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, and anti-militarism. In healing from her experience as a soldier, Krystal has dedicated herself to embodying what she views as the essential quality of a warrior: a commitment to the well-being of not only her People and their relationship to the land, but that of all Peoples.
For more information, see https://ndncollective.org and https://landback.org 

Julie Anne Miranda- BrobeckJulie Anne Miranda-Brobeck, Head of US Communications & Global Partnerships, Global Witness

Julie Anne Miranda-Brobeck is the Head of US Communications and Global Partnerships at international human rights and environmental watchdog Global Witness, where she leads on US media and strategic communications, cultivating partnerships, and overseeing a host of engaging events to bring visibility and impact to Global Witness campaigns and investigations. Prior to her work with Global Witness, she spent 6 years at the Transparency International Secretariat in Berlin, working across communications, public relations and campaign outreach to shine a light on corruption and root out abuse of power around the world. She has also led multiple art & culture publications as Editor-in-Chief. She is originally from Washington, D.C. and holds a BA in Foreign Affairs and Creative Writing (University of Virginia) and an MA in Global Studies (Joint Degree: University of Freiburg – Germany & Faculty of Latin American Social Sciences – Buenos Aires). 
For more information, see https://www.globalwitness.org/en
For Global Witness’ July 2020 Report, see https://www.globalwitness.org/en/campaigns/environmental-activists/defending-tomorrow.

Press Release: Haub Law Confers 2019-2020 Elisabeth Haub Award for Environmental Law and Diplomacy on Environmental Defenders