Judges Active in Promoting Environmental Law Capacity Building

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The pre-summit WSSD Global Judges Symposium on the Role of Law and Sustainable Development in Johannesburg between 18–20 August 2002 was a signal event. Never before have so many senior judges from so many nations come together to discuss environmental law. In fact, 126 judges, including 32 Chief Justices or their equivalent, from 60 countries participated. Besides national judges, the group also included judges from the ICJ, the ECJ, COMESA and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. UNEP and its many partners should be congratulated on bringing the judges together in Johannesburg. The global forum built upon the experience gained from the six regional symposiums convened by UNEP in South Asia, South East Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific Island States in the preceding years.

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