1st Africa Colloquium on Environmental Rule of Law - 
Towards Strengthened Environmental Governance, Justice and Law

14-16 October 2015
United Nations Office at Nairobi, Kenya

The Colloquium is organized by UNEP in partnership with the Office of the Chief Justice of Kenya, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Judiciary Training Institute of Kenya (JTI).

The objective of the Colloquium is to advance the debate on effective environmental governance in the Africa. Promoting the rule of law requires  measures to ensure adherence to the principles of supremacy of the law, equality before the law, accountability to the law, fairness in the application of the law, separation of powers, participation in decision-making, legal certainty, avoidance of arbitrariness, and procedural and legal transparency.

*Version as at 7 October 2015

Climate Change & the Rule of Law

17-19 September 2015

Some of the world's leading judges, lawyers and legal academics met in London for a special three-day symposium on climate change and adjudication, hosted by the Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College London, with the support of The UK Supreme Court, HM Government, the Journal of Environmental Law, the Asian Development Bank and the United Nations Environment Programme.

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Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development: 
High-Level Event with Members of the International Advisory Council for Environmental Justice of UNEP

4 May 2015, 13.00 – 14.30
UN Headquarters, New York, Conference Room 11

Co-convened by the Rule of Law Unit and UNEP, this Event discussed challenges and opportunities in the realization of fair and just sustainable development outcomes through the promotion of environmental justice and the rule of law. Invited speakers included Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin, National High Court of Brazil (STJ);The Rt. Hon. Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill C.V.O., Supreme Court of the United Kingdom; Edith Brown Weiss, Francis Cabell Brown Professor of International Law at Georgetown University; Scott Fulton, Visiting Scholar, ELI and Principal, Beveridge and Diamond, PC; and Scott Vaughan, President and CEO, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

30-31 March 2015, Montego Bay, Jamaica 

The Organization of American States (OAS) co-organized the First Inter-American Congress on the Environmental Rule of Law in Montego Bay, Jamaica, an event that concluded with a call to strengthen the rule of law on to address environmental challenges in the Americas.

Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development: A Global Symposium on Environmental Rule of Law

24 June 2014, Nairobi, Kenya

On the occasion of the first session of the United Nations Environment Assembly, chief justices, attorneys general, judges, chief prosecutors, auditors general, leading legal scholars, practitioners and experts were invited to attend a symposium entitled “Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development: A Global Symposium on Environmental Rule of Law” to discuss the ways and means by which the further development and implementation of the environmental rule of law could help to ensure just and sustainable development outcomes.

1st Asia and Pacific Colloquium on Environmental Rule of Law - Defining a New Future for Environmental Justice, Governance and Law

11 - 12 December 2013, Putrajaya, Malaysia

The 1st Asia and Pacific Colloquium on Environmental Rule of Law under the theme “Defining a New Future for Environmental Justice, Governance and Law". This was the first regional colloquium organized under the UNEP World Congress for Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability and took place under the patronage of the Chief Justice of Malaysia, the Hon. Tun Arifin Bin Zakaria.

Convened by INTERPOL and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the meeting was attended by over 300 participants including national enforcement officials, government representatives, and representatives from non-governmental organizations, international organizations and civil society. 

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High-Level Meeting on the Rule of Law and the Environment
17 February 2013, UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya

Convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) prior to the 27th Session of the UNEP Government Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF 27), this meeting examined linkages between sustainable development and the rule of law, such as the negative effects of transnational organized crime, including environmental crime; the mutually supportive relationship between the adherence to the rule of law and the respect for all human rights; access to justice in environmental matters and new and emerging principles