Expert Round Table “The Role of International Courts in Protecting Environmental Commons”

PluriCourts, together with the Climate Change Specialist Group of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law and the Environmental Law Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, William S. Richardson School of Law, have the pleasure of inviting you to an expert round table on “The Role of International Courts in Protecting Environmental Commons”.

This round table inquires into the role of international courts and tribunals (ICs) in dealing with issues related to environmental commons. “Environmental commons” in this context is broadly defined as areas, activities, interests and rights/obligations that are of concern for a broader set of actors than just the parties to a dispute. They can include interests shared by several, many or all states, expanding also to non-state actors (e.g. civil society, companies, individuals).


The objective is to identify and analyze the role of ICs, their possibilities and limitations. The focus will be on if and how international courts have been dealing with the protection of environmental global commons or common interest norms. Which questions were addressed by courts, which legal issues proved to be controversial and which aspects may have raised issues of legitimacy? The round table will also seek to offer some reflections and suggestions and identification of alternatives for more, and more effective involvement of ICs in issues that are of common interest.

Expected output

It is hoped that the round table will stimulate discussions and exchanges that result in a series of papers to be published in an edition in the University of Hawaii Law Review


Symposium Program 2018.

Tags: Environment, International Courts and Tribunals, Legitimacy
Published Sep. 26, 2018 2:02 PM - Last modified July 20, 2020 1:00 PM