A quick glance at the large number and of papers from across the world at the recent 4th IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium at PACE Law School demonstrates that having regulations (however stringent) is not enough.
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The aim of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law is as follows:
The Academy’s research program is intended to illuminate the legal aspects of major environmental issues, and to frame law reform proposals with sufficient clarity that they may be considered for action by organizations and governments worldwide.
Academy research will be clustered around the following themes:
· Environmental jurisprudence and the normative foundations of environmental law
· The conceptual development of environmental law, designing new concepts or means for societies to provide more effective environmental stewardship
· Law reform, to identify and eliminate perverse provisions of law
· Refining legal tools to enhance the effectiveness of existing legal regimes
· Synthesis and restatement of environmental law to improve its understanding, effectiveness and acceptance.
Academy research projects will typically engage scholars from several countries in order to minimize inter-regional bias, to build a better understanding of the common elements of environmental law across cultures, and to elucidate the concept of “common but differentiated responsibility” for resolving international environmental problems. Research will also be aimed at building an understanding of the relationship among science, law and decision-making. Wherever possible research teams will include universities in countries where access to research funding has traditionally been limited.