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The International Advisory Council for the Advancement of Justice, Governance and Law for Enforcement Sustainability


 “Environmental law is essential for the protection of natural resources and ecosystems
and reflects our best hope for the future of our planet.”

   UNEP has appointed a new council of senior legal figures to advance the role of law, justice and good governance in achieving sustainable development.

The nine-member advisory council includes Chief Justices, senior judges, auditors and legal academics. Led by UNEP, it will provide strategic guidance to the international community in improving the legal foundations for achieving international environmental goals, and overcoming legal barriers to inclusive sustainable development.

The establishment of the International Advisory Council for the Advancement of Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability follows the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability which saw representatives of over 60 countries calling for the creation of an international network to support efforts to achieve sustainability through stronger legal responses to environmental pressures.

The new council aims to meet that request, and is tasked with engaging the legal and auditing community worldwide, supporting the development and implementation of environmental law at all levels, and encouraging the further expansion of environmental jurisprudence. 

The Council will also provide strategic advice on the provision of information, data and technical assistance to support governments and other bodies. 

         Justice Winston Anderson, Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice
     The Rt. Hon. Tun Arifin Zakaria, Chief Justice of Malaysia
     Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin, National High Court of Brazil (STJ)
     Edith Brown Weiss, Francis Cabell Brown Professor of International Law at Georgetown University
     The Rt. Hon. Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill C.V.O., Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
     Scott Fulton, Visiting Scholar, ELI and Principal, Beveridge and Diamond, PC
     Justice Ricardo Luis Lorenzetti, Chief Justice of Argentina
     Scott Vaughan, President and CEO, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
     Justice Philip Waki, Presiding Judge of the Court of Appeal in Nyeri, Kenya.