In Memoriam Judge Christopher Weeramantry

UN Environment is deeply saddened by the passing of Judge Christopher Weeramantry, a national of Sri Lanka, on 5 January 2017. Judge Weeramantry’s...

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UN Environment and INTERPOL Commit to Taking on Environmental Crime Together

Environmental crime, including the illegal exploitation of timber, fisheries, gold, minerals, oil, and trafficking in wildlife and hazardous waste, is the...

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Water Guidelines: Practical Help for Policymakers

Freshwater biodiversity is in serious decline in many parts of the world.

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Healthy Environment, Healthy People

Investing in environmental sustainability can serve as an insurance policy for health and human well-being 

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Catching Crime

Fighting illegal fishing has led to a more sustainable industry, increasing food supplies and well-being.

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Program Highlights

Wild for Life


Many species are protected by national and international laws because their populations are at risk. When people kill or take them from the wild, despite more


Judges and Environmental Law: A Handbook for the Sri Lankan Judiciary

This book looks at the role the law plays and could potentially play in preserving and...

Advancing Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability

Key contributions to the Congress. Speeches, articles, the Rio+20 Declaration on Justice,...


The slaughter of elephants and rhinos has raised awareness of the illegal trade in wildlife. We...

Strengthening global environmental governance in an interconnected world

In our globalized world, environmental threats – particularly those that cross political borders...

Advisory Council

Scott Fulton

Principal at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

Mr. Fulton served from 2009 to January 2013 as General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where he handled or directed some of the United States' most significant environmental legal matters and represented the U.S. government at high-level international meetings and...

The Rt. Hon. Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill C.V.O.

Justice of the UK Supreme Court

Lord Carnwath has been a Justice of the UK Supreme Court since April 2012. He was a Lord Justice of Appeal since September 2001, having been a Judge of the High Court, Chancery Division, from 1994. He was Chairman of the Law Commission for England and Wales from February 1999 until July 2002....

Justice Ricardo Luis Lorenzetti

Chief Justice of Argentina

Lorenzetti was born in Rafaela, Santa Fe Province, the son of a primary school teacher and a travelling salesman. He studied at the Faculty of Juridical and Social Sciences of the National University of the Littoral, becoming a lawyer in 1978. At the time he counseled several labour unions. He...

The Honourable Mr. Justice Philip Nyamu Waki

Presiding Judge of the Court of Appeal in Nyeri.

Justice Waki qualified from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) Degree in 1974, before admission to the Roll of Advocates in Kenya in 1975 after professional training at the Kenya School of Law. For twenty years thereafter, he was in private practice in all Kenyan Courts...

Scott Vaughan

President and Chief Executive Officer, IISD

Scott Vaughan began as President in April, 2013. Prior to joining IISD, he was Canada’s federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development for five years.

Mr. Vaughan was appointed Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in 2008. He was responsible for...

Edith Brown Weiss

Professor of International Law at Georgetown Law

Professor Brown Weiss is highly active in the areas of public international, environmental, and water resources law. In September 2002 she was appointed to a 5-year term on the 3-member Inspection Panel of the World Bank and from 2003-2007 served full-time as the Chairperson of the Inspection...

Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin,

Justice of the National High Court of Brazil

Appointed Justice of the National High Court of Brazil in 2006 by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Professor Antonio Herman Benjamin was a career Assistant Attorney General of the State of São Paulo for over twenty years, where he headed the Environmental Protection Division for several...

Rt. Hon. Tun Arifin Zakaria

Chief Justice of Malaysia

The Right Honourable Tun Arifin Zakaria was appointed the 13th Chief Justice of Malaysia on 12 Sept 2011. He graduated with LLB (Hons) from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom and LLM from the University College, London. 

He is a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s...

Justice Winston Anderson

Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice

The Honorable Winston Anderson is a judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice. He earned a Bachelor of Laws from the University of the West Indies in 1983 and has a Doctorate in Philosophy from Cambridge University in London, majoring in International and Environmental Law. In 1988, he completed a...

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