environmental law development News

  • UNEP hosts global environmental law and policy training

    Our planet is facing a slew of growing environmental problems, from climate change to deforestation and biodiversity loss - and the environmental laws and policies to combat these challenges are transforming fast. To help Governments come to terms with these developments, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) invited 70 government officials from the Ministries of Environment from over ...

  • Asian Judges Network to Strengthen Environmental Law Enforcement

    An Asian Judges Network on Environment has been formally launched in Manila, marking a new stage of cooperation amongst justices cast with enforcing environmental laws and helping to preserve the region’s precious natural capital. “Chief Justices and their senior judiciary play a critical role in improving environmental enforcement and strengthening the rule of law,” said Asian ...


    By Asian Development Bank

  • What ever happened to Canadian environmental law?

    Three writers from York University's Osgoode Hall Law School* have prepared a thought provoking examination of Canadian environmental law to explain why they believe Canada has become a laggard in both legal reform and environmental performance. The authors, Associate Professor Stepan Wood, Law Student Georgia Tanner and Professor Benjamin J. Richardson, compare recent developments in Canadian ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Environmental Law Update – Week of May 2, 2011

    The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) invites the public to comment on the environmental assessment of the proposed Harper Creek Mine Project in British Columbia (BC). The Agency is seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment to ensure that these issues are identified for consideration in the environmental assessment. The Agency ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Greening water law

    Governments and law-makers need to integrate environmental concerns into water-use legislation to avert an impending global water crisis, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), titled "Greening Water Law". According to the report, launched Tuesday at World Water Week in Stockholm, competition is increasing between the rapidly growing human population-which ...

  • The law of unintended consequences

    The Winnipeg-based Centre for Public Policy released a report last month on the often unintended consequences of environmental policies. The study, Envionmental Policy and Unintended Consequences, from Ben Eisen and Kenneth Green, examines a series of case studies drawn from around the world. Those case studies demonstrate how the law of unintended consequences has often frustrated policymakers ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Environmental Rule of Law Critical to Achieving Inclusive, Sustainable Development in Africa, Concludes Regional Colloquium

    Over 160 representatives of Africa's judiciary and law enforcement authorities agreed today to ensure the enforcement and practical implementation of environmental law, which they described as a precondition to achieving inclusive, sustainable development in the region. The agreement was made at the 1st Africa Colloquium on Environmental Rule of Law in Nairobi, organized by the United Nations ...

  • Strengthening role of national judges in the application of EU environmental law

    National judges are at the forefront of the implementation and application of EU environmental law in the Member States. In recognition of their role, the European Commission launched a co-operation programme with national judges to look specifically at issues arising from the application of EU environmental law. The first seminar of this programme is taking place on 28-29 May in Sofia with ...

  • CSR in the mining sector - an environmental law perspective on Bill C-300

    Bill C-300 is the federal Bill that seeks to establish prescriptive CSR (corporate social responsibility) guidelines that would be binding on Canadian mining companies operating in developing ...

  • EU trade treaty needs revision, says environmental law association

    The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) is calling for dramatic improvements in the Canadian and European-Union trade agreement currently in its final stages of negotiation. The Association has published a report about the negative environmental effects that could result from the agreement if enacted in its present form. The Canadian and European-Union Comprehensive Economic and ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Waste-to-Energy Facilities Required to Comply with Environmental Laws, says Briones

    Ruth P Briones, Chairman and CEO of Greenergy Solutions Inc, and Convenor of Zero Waste Philippines’ Forum said that any Material Recovery and Energy Facility (MREF) or Waste-to-Energy (WTE) Facilities to be installed in the Philippines should strictly comply with the country’s Clean Air Act and other environmental laws, and not to employ waste conversion technologies that produce ...


    By Greenergy Solutions Inc.

  • EC pursues legal action against Italy over infringements of environmental laws

    The European Commission is pursuing legal action against Italy over three cases in which EU legislation to protect the environment is being violated. One case concerns Italy's failure to comply fully with a European Court of Justice (ECJ) judgement condemning it for not carrying out an environmental impact assessment of a new waste incinerator. In this regard the Commission is sending a first ...


    By European Commission

  • CSR in the mining sector - an environmental law perspective on bill C-300

    With Parliament back in session, Bill C-300 is back in Committee hearings before being returned to the House of Commons for third reading. Unlike Government Bills, which ceased to exist when the Government prorogued Parliament in December, Bill C-300 survived because it was a Private Members" Bill.   Bill C-300 is the federal Bill that seeks to establish prescriptive CSR (corporate ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Mexico `fails` to enforce environmental law over contaminated electronics site

    On 22 February, the Instituto de Derecho Ambiental, Colonia Jardines del Sol and Colonos de Bosques de San Isidro (the 'Submitters') filed a submission with the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) asserting that Mexico is failing to effectively enforce its environmental law in connection with a contaminated site located in Zapopan, Jalisco, on which construction of ...

  • UN Launches Open Access Information Portal on Concepts and Frameworks of Environmental Law

    A United Nations initiative is set to improve access for policy makers, journalists, researchers and the general public to environmental treaties. The Law and Environment Ontology (LEO) portal seeks to provide an overview of concepts, definitions and synonyms in conventions as well as the relationship between different Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). LEO draws from the information ...

  • Revamped Environmental Law raises Hope for Clean-up in China

    People in China who want to take industries to task for fouling their surroundings have been rushing to file complaints and lawsuits this year in a test of legal reforms that toughen environmental penalties and make clear that many public-interest groups have the right to sue. Environmental watchdogs say people have filed hundreds of complaints with local governments under the new law launched in ...


    By Associated Press

  • Commission pursues legal action against Italy over breaches in environmental laws

    The European Commission is pursuing legal action against Italy over two cases in which EU laws to protect the environment are being violated. One case concerns Italy's failure to comply fully with a European Court of Justice (ECJ) judgement condemning it for not adopting in full laws governing the landfilling of waste. In this regard the Commission is sending a first written warning under Article ...

  • UN Launches Open Access Information Portal on Concepts and Frameworks of Environmental Law

    A United Nations initiative is set to improve access for policy makers, journalists, researchers and the general public to environmental treaties. The Law and Environment Ontology (LEO) portal seeks to provide an overview of concepts, definitions and synonyms in conventions as well as the relationship between different Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). LEO draws from the information ...

  • Improving international wind power law

    International regulations and laws laid down in 1982 by the United Nations are failing to address the modern issues surrounding the development of offshore wind farms, according to a legal expert at the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow. Writing in the International Journal of Public Law and Policy, Ekaterina Anyanova explains how alternative methods of energy production, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Symposium at UNEA Brings Legal Community Together to Boost Environmental Rule of Law

    The Global Symposium on Environmental Rule of Law, held at the first United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, brought together Chief Justices, Heads of Jurisdiction, Attorneys General, Auditors General, Chief Prosecutors, lawyers and legal experts to raise awareness of the role of environmental law as an indispensable tool in achieving sustainable development and a Green Economy. ...

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