International Court for the Environment Discussion
July 16, 2012  //  By:   //  Event, Featured, Press  //  No Comment

The International Court for the Environment Coalition (a UK-based NGO with 501(c)(3) status in the United States) will be holding a meeting to discuss the creation of an international environmental tribunal. The main speakers at the event will be Stephen Hockman QC, former President of the United Kingdom Bar Council and founder of the Coalition, which is spearheading the international campaign to create an International Court for the Environment, and Murray Carroll, researcher with the Global Environmental Governance Project and graduate student at Harvard University.

The ICE Coalition has grown out of the recognition that the most serious environmental problems extend across international boundaries, and that current international laws and institutions are unable to deal with them effectively. This gap in international environmental governance is a major contributor to the continued worsening of environmental challenges facing the global community.

According to the ICE Coalition,  an environmental court would be a positive addition to the international legal order. It would also contribute to the following activities:

Build Trust by encouraging the consensual and progressive development of international environmental law, revitalizing the existing UN Climate Change negotiations and providing a forum for principled dispute resolution.

Provide clarity and access to justice by issuing advisory opinions and declarations of incompatibility, providing access to justice for both State and non-State actors. In particular, an ICE would play a major role in assisting the implementation of the access to justice imperatives embodied both in the Aarhus Convention and Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration.

Focus expertise and provide a proper forum for the consideration of science and law thus enabling full consideration of complex questions of international environmental law.  As valuable as the ICJ is, it lacks the expertise and, importantly, the access to justice required for a thorough understanding of such cases.

Harmonize and complement existing legal regimes – by serving as the specialist tribunal for all questions of international environmental law.

All members of the Global Environmental Governance Project are invited to this event and to forward this invitation to colleagues and institutions which may be interested in the discussion.

The event will be held at the World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy office on July 19th, 6:00 PM. The address is 708 Third Avenue, 24th Floor, New York City.

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About the Author :

Murray is a Director of the International Court for the Environment Coalition and has worked with the International Maritime Organization, the Environmental Law Foundation, Sustainable Future Consulting at the LSE, the Government of Canada and Scotia Capital, a Canadian Investment Bank. Murray has studied international environmental law and policy at the London School of Economics and alternative dispute resolution at Queen Mary, University of London and Harvard Law School. Murray is currently reading for a master’s degree in international relations at Harvard University.

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