Conference: Rule of Law for Nature
The year 2012 marks a number of watershed points in international environmental affairs, making it an appropriate point in time for reflection on the legal status of nature.
The three day conference, organized by the research group for natural resources law, will gather experts on environmental law from different parts of the world and legal cultures.
Illustration: H V Heussche
Environmental anniversaries: How will the Earth Summit 2012 follow up?
The year 2012 marks a number of watershed points in international environmental affairs:
• The 40th anniversary of the adoption of the Stockholm Declaration,
• the 30th anniversary of the UN World Charter for Nature and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea,
• the 25th anniversary of the Brundtland Report,
• the 20th anniversary of both the Rio Declaration, Agenda 21, and the UNCED Conventions: the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity.
In June 2012 world leaders will gather once again in Rio de Janeiro for the Earth Summit to secure renewed political commitment to the global agenda of sustainable development.
Basic Issues and New Developments in Environmental Law
This is an appropriate point in time for reflection on the legal status of nature, how environmental goods and services are valued and taken into account in decision-making, and the application of the rule of law in this respect.
The conference aims at analyzing these basic issues of international and national environmental law and looking at new trends that can strengthen the legal protection of the natural environment.
The conference will gather about 75 distinguished international environmental law scholars and practitioners. The list of speakers include professor Edith Brown Weiss, Georgetown University, USA, professor Klaus Bosselmann, Auckland University, New Zealand and Nicholas Robinson, Pace University, USA.
This conference will mark both the Faculty of Law’s prioritized research agenda – law and environment - as well as the year of internationalization 2012.