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8 Asia Pac. J. Envtl. L. 1 (2004)

handle is hein.journals/apjel8 and id is 1 raw text is: Editorial

Inauguration of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law
and its First Colloquium on the Law of Energy for
Sustainable Development
The IUCN World Conservation Union's Commission on Environmental Law
(CEL) has created an IUCN Academy of Environmental Law intended to link the
environmental law programmes of the world. Inspired and spearheaded by the CEL's
Chair, Professor Nicholas Robinson of Pace Law School in White Plains, New York,
the Academy should be of immense value to the Asian Pacific countries, making
readily available the knowledge and experience of academic environmental law
experts in every field of environmental law. The Academy will also provide a forum
for these experts to do joint research and exchange information from one country or
region that will be valuable to others. It holds an annual colloquium, each year in a
different region of the world, on topics of vital interest to the environment and to its
The Academy was launched on 4 November 2003 in Shanghai where it also held
its first colloquium on The Law of Energy for Sustainable Development. Both events
were hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
UN Secretary General Kofi A. Annan welcomed the establishment of a new
global network of university law departments dedicated to environmental law which
he described as setting forth the principles and rules that states have adopted in
order to protect precious ecosystems and resources upon which all life and progress
depend. His message to the over 150 professors, representing 90 university law
faculties from forty-one nations, meeting for four days in Shanghai, China, stated,
The United Nations looks forward to the teaching and research that the Academy will now
undertake. And we welcome the academic contributions that law professors worldwide will make
towards our common goal of sustainable development on our one and only planet.
IUCN established this new Academy to implement recommendations made at the
1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law
0 Australian Centre for Environmental Law Sydney 2004


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