Speakers

  • Gustavo ALANIS-ORTEGA

He is a Lawyer from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Has a Masters Degree in International Law (specialized in Environmental Law) from the American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. He is a member of the 7th Cohort of the Leadership on Environment and Development (LEAD) Program. Founder and Executive Director of the Mexican Environmental Law Center (CEMDA) since 1993. Columnist for the Universal newspaper. Before, he was a columnist for the Reforma and El Financiero newspapers. Environmental Law Professor at the Universidad Iberoamericana since January 1994. Member of the Board of Directors of the Water Advisory Board and also of the Iberoamericana Institute for Sustainable Justice.

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  • Chikosa Banda

Chikosa Moses Ulendo Banda is Senior Law Lecturer and the Dean of Law at the School of Law at Chancellor College, University of Malawi. He holds a Masters of Laws Degree from the University of Essex and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Degree from the University of Malawi. He is a visiting Lecturer at the University of Maryland: Francis King Carey School of Law where he co-developed the law school’s new Legal Theory and Practice Course: "Environmental Justice, Human Rights and Public Health.”
He teaches Environmental and Natural Resources Law, Water Policies, Laws and Institutions, International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law, and Private International Law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has also taught other courses including International Law and Human Rights Law. My research interests include global justice and human rights, the interface between international trade and human rights, intellectual property and promotion of biomedical R&D, environmental governance, and gender dimensions of health. He has supervised and assessed numerous student dissertations in Business and Human Rights, Intellectual Property Law, and Environmental Law. He has researched and consulted widely in a number of areas, including intellectual property and access to medicines, seed sovereignty and farmers’ rights, environmental law, disaster risk management, the right to health, rights of vulnerable prisoners.
He is a Board Member for the Malawi Environmental Protection Authority and the Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy. He previously also served on the Board for Dignitas International and Dignitas United States. He is a member of the International Council of Environmental Law (ICEL) and the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law. He is also a representative of ICEL to the Asian African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO). He also has a number of publications to his credit including Administrative Justice, Environmental Governance and the Rule of Law in Malawi; Theatre of the Oppressed: Advancing a Human Rights Based Approach to Upholding Health Rights in a Malawian Women’s prison; An Indigenous Approach: Applying the Concept of uMunthu amongst Student Youth Leaders to Reduce Discrimination against LGBTI Persons in Malawi; Intellectual Property and Access to Essential Pharmaceuticals : Recent Law and Policy Reforms in the Southern Africa Development Community Region, among others.

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  • Mindahi BASTIDA MUÑOZ

Mindahi Crescencio Bastida Muñoz is the director of the Original Caretakers Initiative of the Center for Earth Ethics. He is the General Coordinator of the Otomi-Hñahñu Regional Council in Mexico, guardian of the philosophy and traditions of the Otomi people. He is also responsible for the Otomi ritual ceremony since 1988. Born in Tultepec, Mexico, he holds a doctorate in rural development from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana and is president of the Mexican Council for Sustainable Development. Bastida Muñoz is a member of the steering committee of the Indigenous Peoples' Biocultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative and has been a delegate to several commissions and summits on indigenous peoples' rights and the environment. He has written extensively on state-indigenous relations, cross-cultural education, collective intellectual property rights and associated traditional knowledge, among other topics.

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  • Christophe BASTIN

Engineer, Founding President of SIC Nouvelle-Aquitaine, engineering and consulting company
Student in 1986, he developed Robotics and Artificial Intelligence activities in the family business.
He started in 1989 in the aeronautics and space industry, on the quality management of strategic military and civil aviation programs.
In 1994, he founded the company HORUS to support companies in the outsourcing of industrial services to principals.
In 2000, he became an innovation consultant, particularly in the NICT sector, within a large consulting firm.
In 2006, he became an extranet and online software development project manager in a web agency.
He ceased all professional activity following an accident in 2010. He devoted himself to the cultural associative world and chaired in 2015 of an association of integration through economic activity. He got involved in local political life.
In 2017, he created SIC Nouvelle-Aquitaine. In August 2017, he joined Professor Michel PRIEUR to develop the measurement of the effectiveness of environmental law on the mathematical level. He takes part in various presentations of the subject in France and abroad.

Publication: co-author of the book Measuring the effectiveness of environmental law - Legal indicators for sustainable development

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  • Samira BEN ALI

She is about to start her second year of a Master’s degree in “Future Generations and Legal Transitions” at the Caen campus of Sciences Po Rennes. She is originally from overseas (Mayotte) and when she is not reading she is interested in international relations, legal transitions and the environment. It is her interest in these causes that led her to get involved in the I am Climate Justice and Good Stories movements proposed during her internship at the Normandy Chair for Peace.

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  • Justice Dr. Dr.h.c. mult. Antonio Herman Benjamin

National High Court of Brazil (STJ) - Professor Dr. Antonio Herman Benjamin has served as Justice of the National High Court of Brazil (STJ) since 2006 when he was appointed by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Professor Benjamin previously served as a career Assistant Attorney General of the State of São Paulo for over twenty years, during which time he headed the Environmental Protection Division and the Consumer Protection Division. Professor Benjamin was the founding President of both the Brazilian Consumer Law and Policy Institute (Brasilcon) and Law for a Green Planet Institute (Instituto O Direito por um Planeta Verde). He is a former President of the Brazilian Fulbright Alumni Association, a Member of the United Nations Secretary General Legal Expert Group on Crimes against the Environment, and for a decade a Councilor of the Brazilian Environmental Council (CONAMA), first appointed by president Fernando Henrique Cardoso and later re-appointed by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Professor Benjamin also serves as the President of the Brazilian Environmental Forum of Judges (FONAMA). In 2014, he was appointed a Justice of the National Electoral Tribunal (TSE). Professor Benjamin previously served as the the Dean of the National Judicial School of Brazil (ENFAM), where he is currently the Director of its LL.M (Master of Laws) Program on Justice, the first of its kind among judicial academies in the world. While Dean of ENFAM, Professor Benjamin also implemented globally innovative regulations for  affirmative action for African-Brazilian and indigenous faculty and students.Justice Benjamin was a professor at the Catholic University of Brasília School of Law and for 17 years a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been a Visiting Lecturer at prestigious academic institutions around the world. He received his LL.B. from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, his LL.M. from the University of Illinois and his PhD from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. His main areas of expertise and academic work are Environmental Law, Consumer Law, Cultural Heritage Law, and Human Rights Law. He is the founder and emeritus Editor-in-Chief of the Brazilian Consumer Law Review and the Brazilian Environmental Law Review, both published by Thomson Reuters. He has co-drafted several major Brazilian statutes, including the 1990 Consumer Protection Code, the 1992 Anti-Corruption Act, the 1994 Competition Act, the 1998 Crimes Against the Environment Act, the 2006 Forest Concession Act, the 2006 Atlantic Forest Act, and the 2012 Forest Code. Professor Benjamin has authored, co-authored and edited over thirty books and articles in Brazil and abroad.

At the international level, Professor Benjamin served as Co-Chair of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) and President of the Environmental Committee of the Summit of Chief Justices of Ibero-America. Currently. He is Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law  (WCEL) and Secretary- General of the International Advisory Council for Environmental Justice for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He is the lead founder of the Global Judicial Institute on the Environment (GJIE), the organization that brings together Supreme Court Justices and Judges from around the world who work on emerging issues in environmental law. During the 2012 Rio+20 Conference, he was the coordinator of the UNEP World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability.

Justice Benjamin has received several awards, honours and other recognitions in Brazil and abroad. He is a Knight (Chevalier) of the National Order of the Legion of Honour (Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur) of France and a Commander (Commandeur) of the Order of King Leopold of Belgium. He is the recipient of the 2015 Elizabeth Haub Prize for Environmental Law, awarded by Stockholm University and considered the most prestigious international distinction conferred upon an environmental legal expert. He is a Goodwill Ambassador for Environmental Justice of the Organization of American States (OAS). In 2020, Brazilian scientists named after him a newly discovered species of orchid from the Amazon Rain Forest – Bulbophyllum antoniobenjaminii.

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  • Professor Klaus BOSSELMANN PhD

El Dr. Klaus Bosselmann es catedrático de Derecho Ambiental y director fundador del Centro de Derecho Ambiental de Nueva Zelanda en la Universidad de Auckland. Su especialidad es el derecho ambiental internacional y europeo, la gobernanza global y el derecho constitucional comparado. A lo largo de su dilatada carrera académica en Alemania y Nueva Zelanda, ha sido consultor de las Naciones Unidas, la OCDE, la Unión Europea y los gobiernos de Alemania y Nueva Zelanda. Es presidente del Grupo de Especialistas en Ética del Derecho Ambiental de la Comisión Mundial de la UICN, presidente de la Asociación de Derecho y Gobernanza Ecológicos, copresidente del Grupo de Integridad Ecológica Mundial y presidente de la Iniciativa de Administración Fiduciaria de la Tierra.
El profesor Bosselmann es autor o editor de más de 30 libros en las áreas de ecología política, derecho ambiental internacional y gobernanza global. Por su trabajo pionero en derecho ecológico y jurisprudencia de la Tierra ha recibido numerosos premios, entre ellos el Premio Inaugural de la Academia de Derecho Ambiental de la UICN.

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  • Christophe BOURIAU

Christophe Bouriau is a professor at the University of Lorraine and a member of the Poincaré Archives (UMR 7117). With Charles Braverman, he directs the collection “Philosophie allemande : une autre histoire”, published by the Presses universitaires de Lorraine. A specialist in German philosophy, he has translated into French the Philosophy of the As-If of the Neo-Kantian Hans Vaihinger (1852-1933), and has devoted a book to Vaihinger’s invention of “fictionalism,” a philosophical trend that is very much alive today in the debates between “realists” and “fictionalists” on various subjects. The title of this work is: The as if. Kant, Vaihinger et le fictionalisme (Cerf, 2013). Christophe Bouriau has also devoted several works to Hans Kelsen, a great reader of Vaihinger, highlighting the fruitfulness of his theory of legal fictions. In this perspective, he is currently translating in collaboration with Carlos Herrera : Hans Kelsen, The Sociological Concept and the Legal Concept of State. A Critical Inquiry into the Relationship between the State and Law (1922). His reflections focus on the fictions of environmental law: is it legitimate to consider certain natural areas as legal persons, to act “as if” “things” were “persons”?

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  • Laetitia BRACONNIER MORENO

Laetitia Braconnier Moreno is a lawyer from the Pontifical Bolivarian University (Medellin) and a specialist in human rights. In 2018, she was a laureate for the Bogotá Pole of the Institute of the Americas to complete a thesis on legal pluralism and transitional justice, between the University of Paris Nanterre (UMR 70/74, CREDOF) and the National University of Colombia (EILUSOS). She is co-president of the “transitional justice” commission of the Association des juristes franco-colombiens. Her research, considered from a collaborative and intercultural perspective, concerns the rights of migrants and indigenous peoples.

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  • Gert-Peter BRUCH

Journalist, photographer, director and author of two books: Bernard Lavilliers, Escales and Sting, Police Investigation, Gert-Peter BRUCH met the cacique Raoni through Sting, the source of his commitment for more than 30 years to the protection of the Amazon forest. Founder of Planète Amazone, which supports indigenous peoples in their international fight against deforestation, he is at the initiative of three international tours of Cacique Raoni including "SOS Amazônia" and "Urgence Amazonie". Gert-Peter Bruch is also a member of the executive committee of the Alliance of the Guardians of Mother Nature of which he is one of the main architects. In 2019, he directed Terra Libre, a documentary highlighting the inaction of governments and even their complacency in favor of mass ecocide, scheduled for release before the summer of 2021.

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  • David FORMAN

David M. Forman Director of the Environmental Law Program, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He was a member of the Host Committee/Program Committee for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature 2016 World Conservation Congress. He also served as the primary organizer of a unique, collaborative moot court exercise initially called Intergenerational Climate Justice before the International Court of Justice (see http://blog.hawaii.edu/elp/icj4icj-information/), but since renamed the Tony Oposa Intergenerational Moot Court.

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  • Émilie GAILLARD

Emilie Gaillard is Associate Professor in Private Law (Sciences Po Rennes) and co-head of the Risk Division of the MRSH (Caen France). She defended in 2008 a thesis entitled : Future Generations and Private Law. Towards a law for Future Generations (ed.LDGJ, 2011, 673p.). For this book, she has been awarded a Prize by the French Academy of Political and Moral Sciences in 2010.

Her works highlight the emergence of a new temporal paradigm which renews the legal framework but also initiates a new legal logic. She strives for a revitalised juridical humanism which respects both, humankind through time and space, and all the living and supporting conditions for life. She mainly writes in Philosophy, Legal Theory, International Human Rights Law, International Environmental Law, Constitutional Law & Biolaw. She participated to the elaboration of a Universal Declaration of rights of humankind under the direction of Corinne Lepage for the President of the French Republic (2015).

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  • Luis-Miguel GUTIÉRREZ R.

Luis-Miguel GUTIÉRREZ R. is a French-Colombian lawyer and Doctor of Public Law at the University of Toulouse. He is currently a Research Professor at the University of Lille. His doctoral thesis examines the relationship between transitional justice and the constitution in different States using a comparative constitutional law approach. He is Co-President of the Transitional Justice Commission of the Association des Juristes franco-colombiens. His research focuses on transitional justice, the Inter-American human rights system, environmental democracy and the interaction between international and national legal systems. He is currently part of the research team on “Peace, transitional justice and environmental Issues”.

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  • Donald W. Kaniaru

Mr. Donald W. Kaniaru is the Managing Partner at Kaniaru & Kaniaru Advocates. He worked with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for over 28 years in diverse legal, diplomatic, and operational management roles, including as Director of the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation and of the Division on Environmental Conventions. He also served as Special Senior Legal Adviser to the Executive Director of UNEP.

He actively participated in the preparation of the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm and thereafter the establishment  of UNEP in Nairobi.

Over several decades, the United Nations and the UNEP Governing Council held a series of Environment Conferences to define the Programme and Sustainable Development policies and measures. In the process numerous global and regional conventions, protocols and agreements in diverse environmental areas were concluded.

Simultaneously at national level capacity building was enhanced across the globe and regions; and Mr. Kaniaru and fellow colleagues were fully integrated.

Mr. Kaniaru is a member of several professional and environmental bodies, including the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Commission on Environmental Law and the International Council of Environmental Law (ICEL), for which he serves as representative to the UN in Kenya. He served as Chairman of the Kenya National Environmental Tribunal from 2005 to 2013 and made substantial contributions to the development of environmental law in Kenya during this period. He also served as a Trustee of the Centre for International Environmental Law (CIEL) since 2004 and is a Trustee of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development.

His achievements as a member of the icipe Governing Council (GC) reflect his diverse and unique background and experience. Mr. Kaniaru played a vital role in supporting the GC, and stewarded the Centre’s growth and development between 2004 and 2018. He helped develop and improve operational management procedures, policies and institutional mechanisms in his role on the GC and its Executive Board, and as Vice Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.

Mr. Kaniaru has received various awards and recognitions for his contributions to the development and advancement in the field of international environmental law, including the Elizabeth Haub Prize for International Law (2009) and the CIEL International Environmental Law Award (2010). He has authored several articles and book chapters, co-edited the two-volume seminal book ‘Making law work- environmental compliance and sustainable development (2005) and edited The Montreal Protocol – Celebrating 20 Years of Environmental Progress – Ozone Layer And Climate Protection (2007) and in 2021 was nominated for the Montreal Protocol Who's Who.

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  • Reinhard KRAPP, Minister ret. and Attorney-at-Law

Reinhard Krapp - born in 1953 in Lohne/Lower Saxony – studied from 1973 to 1978 law and economics at the University of Muenster/Westphalia and the University of Lausanne/Switzerland.
In September 1978 he passed the First State Exam in Law at the Regional Court of Hamm/North-Rhine-Westphalia and subsequently was legal assistant in Bonn and Montreal/Canada. In July 1981, he passed his Second State Exam in Law in Duesseldorf (bar exam).
He joined the German foreign service as an attaché in 1981 and passed the State Examination for the foreign service in 1983.
From 1983 to 2018, he served in various departments of the Foreign Office and at embassies in Ottawa, Cairo, Moscow as well as Sofia. He also worked at Germany's Permanent Representations to the European Union in Brussels and to the United Nations in New York.
He was environment officer at the Permanent Representation of Germany to the European Union in Brussels, Head of Division of the "International Environmental Policy, Climate Policy and Sustainable Development Division" at the Foreign Office in Bonn and Berlin, Head of the Legal and Consular Department of the German Embassy in Moscow and Minister and Head of the economic department of the Permanent Representation of Germany to the United Nations in New York.
After his retirement in July 2018, he was admitted as a lawyer by the Cologne Bar Association and is now focusing on issues of international environmental law.
Reinhard Krapp is laureate of the renowned Elisabeth-Haub-Prize for International Environmental Diplomacy and International Environmental Law and member of the board of the International Council of Environmental Law (ICEL).

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  • Arnold KREILHUBER

Arnold, a national of Austria, has many years of professional experience in the field of environmental law, diplomacy and policy. He believes in making sure that environmental law and governance deliver for people and the planet. Arnold joined UNEP in 2005 and advanced work on important issues such as environmental crime, human rights and the environment, judges and the environment, freshwater law and governance, and, most recently, in response to attacks on environmental defenders. Under his leadership the international community and stakeholders began to advance the notion of environmental rule of law. In 2012 he led the planning and organization of the first World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability as part of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

Before joining UNEP, Arnold has worked in the governmental, non-governmental and in the private sector.

He holds a doctorate degree in international environmental law from the University of Vienna as well as a master's degree in advanced international studies from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.

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  • James R. MAY

James R. May is Distinguished Professor of Law, Founder of the Global Environmental Rights Institute, and co-Founder of the Dignity Rights Project and the Environmental Rights Institute at Widener University Delaware Law School, where he has served as the H. Albert Young Fellow in Constitutional Law. At Widener University, he has served on the President’s Executive Team, and as inaugural Chief Sustainability Officer, co-chair of the University Sustainability Council, Adjunct Professor of Graduate Engineering, and Phi Kappa Phi inductee.

May serves as the Special Representative on Environmental and Nature Rights for the International Council of Environmental Law, the Global Pandemic Network, the World Commission on Environmental Law, and the Normandy Chair for Peace. He is an inductee of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, and the Delaware Valley Environmental Inn of Court. He has received awards from the Sierra Club, American Canoe Association, Pace University, among others. Before lawyering, he served as an engineer in national security and defense.

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  • Smita NARULA

Smita Narula  is the Haub Distinguished Professor of International Law and Co-Director of the Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. She is author of dozens of widely-cited publications on human rights and environmental subjects and has helped formulate policy, legal, and community-led responses to a range of social justice issues worldwide. Prior to joining the Haub faculty in 2018, she was Distinguished Lecturer and Interim Director of the Human Rights Program at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. Prior to Hunter, she was Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Faculty Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law. From 2008 to 2014, Professor Narula served as legal advisor to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. She has also worked at Human Rights Watch as Senior Researcher for South Asia, and is co-founder of the International Dalit Solidarity Network–a transnational advocacy network dedicated to advancing the right to equality of 260 million people affected by caste-based discrimination worldwide.

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  • Richard L. OTTINGER

Richard L. Ottinger is Professor and Dean Emeritus of Pace Law School, where he has been on the faculty since 1984 and was Dean 1994-1999.  He established at Pace the first Energy & Climate Change Center, a leading national and international clean energy research center. He has published and authored or co-authored a dozen books and more than 100 articles on sustainable energy and climate change. In 2017 he received the American Bar Association SEER Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy.  A 16-year Member of Congress, he chaired the Energy Conservation and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee where he pioneered in establishing the country’s energy efficiency and renewable energy laws. He was a founder, former Board Chair, and now Chair Emeritus of the Energy and Environmental Study Institute (EESI) in Washington a leading advocate for sustainable energy before Congress.  He now devotes himself to addressing international climate change issues, assisting developing countries adopt sustainable energy programs.  He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Cornell University.

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  • Apollinaire OUSSOU-LIO

Oussou Lio Appolinaire started out as a teacher of Life and Earth Sciences at the secondary school, and later became a geographer-naturalist, an engineer in planning and municipal management, and an agri-environmentalist. What often occupies his time today is his expert work. Our speaker is an expert in land jurisprudence, laws of nature and endogenous knowledge, Expert Consultant in planning and local development, in Decentralization and Local Governance, in land management, in environment and biodiversity management. He is also an Expert Consultant Trainer in tourism development, leadership and entrepreneurship.

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  • Laura PAQUEMAR

Laura PAQUEMAR is currently enrolled in the Master 1 Future Generations and Legal Transitions at Sciences Po Rennes, campus Caen. Involved in the defense of minority rights, she is doing a 2-month internship at the Normandy Chair for Peace, on the line Indigenous Peoples and Forest Sanctuarization.

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Stéphane PESSINA

 Profesor titular de derecho privado en la Universidad de Rouen-Normandía. Él enseña desde 1998. Parte de las cuestiones relativas a la protección de las expresiones culturales tradicionales de los pueblos indígenas mediante posibles derechos de propiedad intelectual, cuya pertinencia pone en tela de juicio, ha ampliado sus investigaciones a los conocimientos tradicionales y los recursos genéticos asociados, y luego a otras diversas cuestiones de interés para los pueblos indígenas del mundo (Le statut des peuples autochtones. A la croisée des savoirs, Stéphane PESSINA DASSONVILLE (ed.): Karthala, París, 2012). Utilizando las herramientas del pensamiento complejo (Edgar Morin) y de la mesología (Augustin Berque), analiza los movimientos de patrimonialización/personificación de los medios de vida en la Tierra. Así, reinterpreta varias nociones cardinales (persona, cosa, patrimonio, propiedad, acceso, conocimiento, tradición, cultura) y abandona la lógica dualista que separa a los seres humanos de la Naturaleza para desarrollar una cosmovisión compleja, global, interdependiente, responsable, sobria y solidaria para re-cosmizarnos y preservar los derechos de las generaciones presentes y futuras a vivir en armonía con nuestra Tierra-Patria.

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  • Nicole Ann PONCE

She is Co-Founder and Coordinator of I am Climate Justice (ICJ) movement,  Research Fellow to the Normandy Chair for Peace, and a graduate of Juris Doctor from University of San Carlos, Philippines. Her work is focused on using law as a tool for social change especially in the field of climate action and human rights.

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  • Michel PRIEUR

Michel Prieur Professor Emeritus of Environmental Law. Doctor of Law from the University of Paris-Panthéon, graduate of the Institut d’études politiques de Paris, agrégé of public law and political science, graduate of the Institut des hautes études internationales. Professor of law in Strasbourg where he created the French Society for Environmental Law, the Environmental Law Review and a research center in environmental law. Honorary dean of the Faculty of Law and Economic Sciences of Limoges and founder of the CRIDEAU, an interdisciplinary research center in environmental law, planning and urbanism. President of the International Centre for Comparative Environmental Law (www.cidce.org), an international NGO accredited to the United Nations and to the International Organization of the Francophonie.

 

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  • Andy RAINE

Andy Raine is an international environmental lawyer with 19 years of experience working with the United Nations and the private sector across all continents. He currently leads the International Environmental Law work of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), based at its global headquarters in Nairobi.  Prior to that, Andy worked with UNEP in Bangkok, UNDP in New York, Linklaters in London, and Freehills in Melbourne, amongst others.  Andy is passionate about finding and pursuing solutions to the world’s shared environmental challenges.  He strongly believes in the ‘power of the positive’ as a key tool in this journey, and is proud to be associated with the Good Stories Movement.  Andy has a wonderful wife and two curious and lovely children.  He also has three bikes, and one big dog.

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  • Eckard REHBINDER

Dr. jur., Emeritus Professor of Economic Law, Environmental Law and Comparative Law and member of the Research Centre for Environmental Law, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany.
Since the early 1970s gradual specialisation in environmental law, dealing among others with general environmental law, economic instruments, public participation and judicial protection as well as nature conservation, forest law and regulation of chemicals and GMOs. Between 1987 and 2000 member of the German Council of Environmental Advisors (1996 to 2000: chair). Between 1988 and 1993 member of two academic commissions for the preparation of a codification of German environmental law. Extensive international consultative work on environmental law reform and codification, including advising on the “Global Pact for the Environment”. Between 2007 and 2013 Regional Governor and as from 2019 member of the board of the International Council of Environmental Law (ICEL). Visiting professor at several foreign universities. Award of the Elizabeth Haub Prize for Environmental Law in 1978. Author or co-author of many books and articles on environmental law, also in English, French and Spanish, and co-editor and co-author of a treatise on German and European environmental law.

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  • Olivia RICHARD

Olivia RICHARD is currently in Master 1 Future Generations and Legal Transitions at Sciences Po Rennes, on the Caen campus. She is doing a two-month internship with the Normandy Chair for Peace to support the Chair’s research line on the I Am Climate Justice and Good Stories movements.

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  • Nicholas A. ROBINSON

Professor Nicholas A. ROBINSON is an Environmental Law Professor from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. Since the 1972 Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, Professor Robinson has been a leader in the environmental legal programs of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He edited the United Nations’ praparatory work for the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, served on the drafting team for the UN World Charter for Nature, and was both IUCN’s Legal Advisor and Chair of its World Commission on Environmental Law. He led the formation of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. He has specialized in the law of environmental impact assessment since 1969, and founded the environmental legal education programs at Pace University in New York. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Normandy for Peace Chair on Law and Future Generations (Sept. 2019-Sept. 2022).

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  • Umair SALEEM

Umair Saleem has done his Bachelor of Laws (B.A./LL.B.) from one of the most prestigious institution of Pakistan, Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS), on scholarship in 2014. After his graduation, he joined the legal profession and started working with the prominent law firm of Justice Jawad Hassan (LL.M. Alumnus of Pace University 1996 and the leading constitutional green judge of the Lahore High Court). He developed keen interest in environmental law practice after working for environmental judicial commissions under chairmanship of Dr. Parvez Hassan (Former Chair IUCN Law Commission), including the Houbara Bustard Commission for protection and conservation of the endangered species, and the Smog Commission to eliminate the winter smog environmental issue in Punjab. He has also been a member of the judicial Water Commission for preservation and supply of clean water across Punjab. Furthermore, he has worked with Dr. Martin Lau (Professor at SOAS, London) on several environmental matters for several years and has been engaged with some instructors at LUMS as the Teaching Assistant for few courses.
 
In 2020, he completed his LL.M. from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium in International and European Law. He has recently completed his second LL.M. as the Environmental Law Fellow from Pace University, New York, U.S.A. in Energy and Climate Change law. During his second LL.M., he authored his thesis on the unique Pakistani experience of environmental judicial commissions, under supervision of Prof. Nicholas A. Robinson.

Presently, he is working on various commercial and corporate transactions and environmental matters in Pakistan and is handling litigation before the High Courts, District Courts, Civil Courts and other quasi-judicial authorities in Pakistan. He is also involved in numerous pro-bono and public interest litigations before the High Courts of Pakistan relating to constitutional, international, human rights and environmental laws.

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  • Jochen H. SOHNLE

Jochen Sohnle is Professor of Public Law at the University of Lorraine, Faculty of Law of Nancy (France) and head of the “Local and Regional Authorities and the European Union” course of the Master’s degree in European and International Studies at the European University Center of Nancy (CEU Nancy). His work and teachings, which are given in several languages (French, English, German, Spanish), focus on international, French and comparative environmental law, water law, natural resources law and ethical issues in relation to law.
He regularly lectures at Sciences-Po Paris, Nancy campus (trilingual European program: Public Authorities: A Cross-Country Comparative Perspective) and at the University of Strasbourg, Faculty of Law and Institute of Political Science (International Public and Private Environmental Law, Environmental Ethics, Comparative Public Administration Law). Jochen has lectured in his areas of expertise in Canada, the United States, Haiti, Germany, Spain and Russia and was a member of the Pace Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies, Pace Law School, New York, USA (January-August 2015). In January 2015, he was a visiting scholar at Widener School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware. Currently, he is an associate professor at Laval University, Quebec, a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law and serves on the Scientific Council of the Rhine-Meuse Water Agency.

 

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  • Alexander Solntsev

He studied at RUDN University and at the University of Amsterdam. Author of the course and textbook 'Human Rights and Environment' (Moscow, 3rd ed., 2021). Author of over 600 scientific papers (published in Russia and abroad) and a series of interviews with leading foreign experts in the field of environmental law, which are published in the "Eurasian Law Journal" (Nick Robinson, Marjan Peeters, Jutta Brunnee). Co-initiator of the project for the publication in Russian of international environmental agreements with comments (currently 4 issues have been published). Took part in the preparation of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Law (Edward Elgar Publishing). Member of the European Society of International Law (Group on International Environmental Law), the European Environmental Law Forum, the World Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Took part in the preparation of Russia's voluntary national report on the Sustainable Development Goals (2019). Annually organizes a round table on international environmental law in English as part of the international congress 'Blischenko Readings' at RUDN University.

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  • Victor TAFUR

Victor TAFUR is a lawyer from the Universidad Javeriana in Bogota. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Environmental Law from Pace University in New York, and is also Associate Professor and Director of the Environmental Diplomacy Program at the same university.

His Ph.D. thesis dealt with Comparative Environmental Energy Law in Latin America. He is also an Associate Governor of the International Council of Environmental Law with Secretariat at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. His research focuses on International Environmental Governance and Justice and International Negotiations.

He is currently part of the research team of the Normandy Chair for Peace, as Director of the line of “Peace, Transitional Justice and Environmental Issues”.

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  • Christina VOIGT

Dr. Christina VOIGT is a renowned expert in international environmental law and professor at the University of Oslo. Professor Voigt has published widely on legal issues of climate change, environmental multilateralism, and sustainability and is a frequent speaker at international and national events.

She also works as legal adviser for the Government of Norway, as well as for several International and Non-Governmental Organizations.

Professor Voigt is the chair of the Climate Change Specialist Group of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law and a member of the IUCN Climate Change Task Force.

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  • Alyn WARE

Alyn Wareis a nuclear policy expert from New Zealand. He is Director of the Basel Peace Office, Consultant for the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA) and Coordinator for Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND).

Mr. Ware was a leader in the New Zealand nuclear weapons prohibition movement, the 1996 International Court of Justice case against nuclear weapons, and the Model Nuclear Weapons Convention circulated by the UN Secretary-General to guide nuclear disarmament negotiations.

Mr. Ware has won a number of awards including: the Right Livelihood Award, Sweden (2009); UN International Year for Peace Award, New Zealand (1986), and World Peace Award, Canada (2014). He has been nominated a number of times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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  • Rutger van ZUIDAM

Rutger van Zuidam (1983, The Netherlands) is the Founder and CEO of Odyssey.org. Odyssey is an open source online incubator for multi-stakeholder collaboration that connects governmental, corporate, scientific and nonprofit organizations with with anyone that can contribute to building solutions for complex 21st-century challenges, often UN SDG related. Our mission is to provide the most inclusive, impactful and thriving space for collaboration. With Momentum Odyssey offers an online, live and persistent 3D world which people can co-create, and where you can with anyone meet, connect, collaborate and achieve results together. An advanced collaboration environment where anyone can host, build and manage their portfolio of programs, challenges, projects, grants and grow their communities effectively and joyfully.

Rutger also serves Drenthe College, where 9000 students enjoy intermediate vocational education, as member of the supervisory board.

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