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

14-16 October 2015
Conference room 1, United Nations Office at Nairobi, Kenya

The Colloquium was 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).

During the colloquium, many positive and remarkable examples for advancing environmental rule of law in the region were shared. Those examples highlight the crucial role played by the African judiciary, prosecutors, attorneys, auditors, government representatives, parliamentarians, local communities, civil society and the private sector, both individually and collectively, in advancing environmental rule of law in Africa.

Multimedia : Interviews on Environmental Rule of Law

Dr. Willy Mutunga, The Chief Justice of Kenya

Prof. Githu Muigai, The Attorney General of Kenya

Speeches and Presentations - Day 1 : Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Speeches and Presentations - Day 2 : Thursday, 15 October 2015

 Introduction to the Bali Guidelines: Ms. Sylvia Bankobeza, UNEP Division for Environmental Law and Conventions

Principle 10 and latest international and regional developments relevant for Africa: Mr. Benson Ochieng, Executive Director, Institute for Law and Environmental Governance

The Environmental Democracy Index, a tool to measure procedural rights in an environmental context: Mr. Jesse Worker, World Resources Institute

Regional Cooperation to Implement Principle 10: The Latin America and Caribbean Principle 10 Legal Instrument, H.E Ambassador Konrad Paulsen, Embassy of Chile in Nairobi

Guidebook to the Bali Guidelines: Public Participation, Access to Information and Access to Justice in environmental matters – good practices and lessons learned; Mr. Stephen Stec, Central European University

Regional Cooperation for Principle 10 in Africa, opportunities and challenges; Interactive discussion guided by Ms. Elizabeth Mrema, Director, Division for Environmental Law and Conventions UNEP

Speeches and Presentations - Day 3 : Friday, 16 October 2015

 Key Note Address: Hon. Prof. Githu Muigai, Attorney General of Kenya

 Challenges to effective investigation, prosecution and adjudication of illegal wildlife trade; Hon. Justice Mike Chibita, Director of Public Prosecutions, Uganda

 Challenges to effective investigation, prosecution and adjudication of illegal wildlife trade; Mr. Stephen Chacha Tumbo, Regional Coordinator, World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) BEYOND 2015, Tanzania

 Mechanisms for Strengthening Enforcement to Curb illegal Wildlife Trade

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