IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium
As part of its research outreach and impact, the Faculty hosted the 11th IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium in June 2013.
The Academy was established by the International Union for Conservation (IUCN) in 2003, and has grown to become a network of over 500 environmental law academics from over 160 universities based in over 50 countries worldwide.
Members of the Academy, including the University of Waikato, are collaboratively engaged in academic exchange, research and capacity building activities; and the Academy’s annual Colloquia have rapidly established themselves as the premier international environmental law conference worldwide.
Hosting international environmental law conferences in New Zealand is a rare event, and the 2013 Colloquium was only the 3rd international environmental law conference to be held in New Zealand since 1991, and the first time that the Colloquium was hosted in this country.
For a country that has a significant economic focus on primary production, developing a coherent body of sound environmental law is an important foundation for future growth and prosperity. Hosting the Colloquium in New Zealand provides a unique opportunity for thought leadership, exposing our environmental law academics to leading international developments in the field from other countries, and similarly providing an opportunity for overseas academics to learn something from us.
The Colloquium was proudly supported by the New Zealand Law Foundation.