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Durham Global Environmental Law Lecture Series

Global Environmental Law in Dialogue with the Judiciary: Insights from Courts around the World

The Centre for Sustainable Development Law and Policy (CSDLP) at Durham University Law School and the Global Policy Institute are delighted to offer this free lecture series.

2022 is the year of anniversaries of various significant international declarations and multilateral environmental agreements. These declarations and agreements address environmental issues at the global level and set forth fundamental principles and legally binding obligations of states.

These anniversaries include:

  • the Stockholm Declaration on the Human Environment of 1972
  • the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development of 1992
  • the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change of 1992
  • the Convention on Biological Diversity of 1992
  • and the Law of the Sea Convention of 1982.

The aim of the series is to:

  • explore issues that are addressed in these declarations and agreements
  • understand the developments that have taken place since these instruments were adopted
  • and to examine the role they have played in judicial decision-making around the world.

In a series of lectures, judges from around the world offer insights into the normative framework of Global Environmental Law from a variety of perspectives and jurisdictions.

This lecture series has been developed by Justice Brian Preston (Visiting Professor) and Professor Petra Minnerop (Professor of International Law).

Some lectures will be hybrid and others will be online only. In person events will be followed by a drinks reception.

Early registration is recommended.

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Terms and Conditions

The Durham Global Environmental Law Lecture Series is available to students of any discipline and to professionals.

The Lecture Series is free to attend. Register online to attend the lecture series.

A fee is applicable to those who wish to obtain the Durham Global Environmental Law Certificate of Attendance. Participants who attend every lecture will be eligible for a Durham Global Environmental Law Certificate of Attendance. Fees for the certificate are detailed below.

 

Certificate of attendance: University students

The fee for the Durham Global Environmental Law Certificate of Attendance is £150 for students. You must attend every session to be eligible for the certificate. Register online to attend the lecture series and obtain the Durham Global Environmental Law Certificate of Attendance.

 

Certificate of attendance: Non-students

The fee for the Durham Global Environmental Law Certificate of Attendance is £300 for non-students. You must attend all sessions to be eligible for the certificate. Register online to attend the lecture series and obtain the Durham Global Environmental Law Certificate of Attendance.

 

Register for the Durham Global Environmental Law Certificate of Attendance

A non-refundable deposit of £30 is required to confirm registration for the lecture series and the Durham Global Environmental Law Certificate of Attendance. The deposit is non-refundable and will be applied towards tuition.

 

Cancellation

Written cancellation received 4 weeks prior to the course will be fully refunded. A 50% refund will be offered for cancellations between 1 and 4 weeks prior to the course.

Cancellations after that time will not be refunded, however, reading materials and access to webcasts will be provided if available.

 

Contact details

For academic enquiries, please contact: Professor Petra Minnerop at Petra.Minnerop@durham.ac.uk

For administrative enquiries, please contact: Jessica Banks at law.researchofficer@durham.ac.uk

 

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Lecture Series Programme

The Lecture Series if free for Students, please register for each session below.

A fee is applicable to those who wish to obtain the Durham Global Environmental Law Certificate of Attendance. Participants who attend every lecture will be eligible for a Durham Global Environmental Law Certificate of Attendance. If you wish to obtain the certificate please see more information on how to register here.

* Compulsory sessions for those obtaining the Durham Global Environmental Law Certificate

2022

* 3 October 2022 | 2pm (hybrid)

Introductory session

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3 October 2022 | 4pm UK time (hybrid)

Professor Dr Andreas Paulus

Former Judge of the German Federal Constitutional Court, Professor of Public and International Law, University of Göttingen

Climate Change before National Courts: the Example of the German Federal Constitutional Court

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13 October 2022 |4pm UK time | 5pm Kigali (online)

Dr Emmanuel Ugirashebuja

Former President of the East African Court of Justice, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Republic of Rwanda

The Role of Regional Courts in Resolving Environmental Law Disputes: Are They Effective?


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25 October 2022 | 4pm UK time | 5pm Port Elizabeth (online)

Justice Nambitha Dambuza

Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa

Respect for the Environment in Indigenous Cultures: Learnings for Development of Environmental Law


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25 November 2022 |12.30pm UK time | 6pm Delhi (online)

Justice Hima Kohli

Supreme Court of India

The Role of the Indian Judiciary in the Development of Environmental Jurisprudence

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15 December 2022 | 8.30am UK time | 14 December 10.30pm Hawaii (online)

Justice Michael Wilson

Supreme Court of Hawaii

Application of the Environmental Rule of Law in the Times of Emergency


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* 15 December 2022 | 11am (hybrid)

Closing session

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2023


* 26th January 2023 | 9am (hybrid)

Introductory session 

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26 January 2023 | 10am UK time | 5pm Thailand (hybrid)

Justice Suntariya Muanpawong

Vice Chief Justice of the Court of Justice Region 5 of Thailand

Overlapping Tensions among Environmental, Administrative, Criminal and Civil Law in Thailand

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10 February 2023 | 11am UK time | 4.45pm Kathmandu (online)

Justice Sapana Pradhan Malla

Supreme Court of Nepal

The Influence of Global Environmental Law on Nepalese Environmental Law and Jurisprudence

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17 February 2023 | 4pm UK time (hybrid)

Justice Brian Preston

Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales

Globalisation and Harmonisation of Environmental Law

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24 March 2023 | 1pm UK time | 9am Barbados (online)

Justice Michelle Weekes

Supreme Court of Barbados

Environmental Problems in the Caribbean: A Judicial Perspective

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28 March 2023 | 4pm UK time (hybrid) 

Professor Antonio Benjamin

National High Court of Brazil

Judges and Biodiversity

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* 29th March 2023 | 1pm | Closing session (hybrid)

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