2022 Oslo International Environmental Law Conference
"The Transformative Power of Law: Addressing Global Environmental Challenges"
October 3–6, 2022, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo
The year 2022 marks several important anniversaries in environmental law making: 50 years of Stockholm Declaration on the Human Environment and the establishment of UNEP in 1972, 40 years of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and 30th anniversaries of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the Rio Conventions: UNFCCC, UNCBD and UNCCD.
These anniversaries provide an opportune moment for reflection on the power of law in bringing about the transformative changes needed to address environmental crises of climate change, nature destruction and pollution.This Conference will inquire about the ability of law, both on the international, regional as well as national level, to facilitate the necessary systemic changes across all sectors and levels. It invites critical presentations on the adequacy, effectiveness, legitimacy and fairness of current legislation or litigation considering the challenges posed by climate change, nature decline and pollution. A core question to be addressed is: “Can the challenges be solved by using the legal tools available?” It will inquire into the possibilities and emerging legal tools, but also limits and shortcomings, of legal responses to those challenges. The conference seeks to bring together innovative academic legal thinking and practice on how legal tools can be improved, advanced, amended or changed. What is needed of the law to act as a catalyst for transformative change? The focus of the conference is a diligent analysis of environmental law. However, also other areas of law, such as human rights law, trade and investment law, commercial law, criminal law, civil law, outer space and others play an important role in transforming society to address critical environmental challenges.
The 2022 IUCN WCEL Oslo International Environmental Law Conference invites academics and researchers at all stages of their career, policy makers, legal practitioners, members of the judiciary other relevant stakeholders to reflect on the importance of law for the critical decade.
This 2022 Oslo International Environmental Law Conference will be conducted in a hybrid format.
Every panels will be streamed online via Zoom. Each room where a panel takes place will have its own zoom link. Please click on the button of the room you would like to join to participate via Zoom.
You can find the corresponding room to the panel you would like to follow in the program.
There will be a possibility to use the Q&A function to raise questions for the panelists. Because of time limitations, we request participants to be as concise as possible in their questions, so that we can ensure broad participation.
THERE WON'T BE ANY RECORDINGS MADE PUBLIC!
Words from the Chair
Dr. Christina Voigt
Professor of Law at the University of Oslo, Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL)
The 2022 IUCN WCEL Oslo International Environmental Law Conference rests on its diversity. Academics, researchers, policymakers, legal practitioners, members of the judiciary and relevant stakeholders of all sectors of society - the UN and other international organizations, NGOs, trade and energy sectors - will offer critical presentations on the role of law in transforming society to address critical environmental challenges
Map of the event
The conference will take place in three different buildings of University of Oslo - Campus Sentrum
(Karl Johans Gate 47)
- Domus Academica
- Domus Bibliotheca
- Domus Media
The Law faculty is located just across the street from the train station: Nationaltheateret.
You can find the locations for each panel in the program.
Karl Johans Gate 47
Det juridiske fakultet (UIO),
Karl Johans gate 47,
Mon - Fri
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
9:00 am – 4:00 pm