Symposium to Support Environmental Law Planned

2nd Regional Symposium on Greening the Judiciaries in Africa
The 2nd Regional Symposium on Greening the Judiciaries in Africa runs from 1 to 3 August 2018 (UNEP)

Maputo – Mozambique is set to host the 2nd Regional Symposium on Greening the Judiciaries in Africa from 1 to 3 August 2018. African chief justices and presidents of supreme and regional courts will meet to discuss how to strengthen adjudication of environmental disputes in Africa.

The symposium, to be held at the Joaquim Chissano International Conference Centre in Maputo, aims at establishing sustainable green judiciaries across the African continent through empowering judicial training institutions.

Greening the judiciary in Africa is a current and on-going initiative that mainly focuses on building the capacity of judges in applying and enforcing environmental laws, promoting the environmental rule of law.

Another key objective of the symposium is the promotion of a sustainable integration of environmental law into judicial curricula in Africa.

Participants in the second symposium on greening the judiciaries in Africa will also include judicial educators, heads of judicial education institutions, and representatives of judicial systems from France, Brazil, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka.

The symposium is supported by the United Nations Environment Programme, Institut de la Francophonie pour le development durable, UN Office for Drug and Crime, Austrian Government, Swiss Government, International Fund for Animal Welfare and the International Commission of Jurists.

A regional curriculum and manuals on environmental law for judges and magistrates will be launched at the symposium. Participants will also seize this opportunity to launch the Africa Judicial Educators Network on Environmental Law.

The African Judicial Network on Environmental Law will provide opportunities for exchanging information, create partnerships for collaboration, strengthen capacity, and provide research and analysis on environmental adjudication, court practices, and environmental rule of law.

The symposium is set to augment work done in 2017 that included heads of a number of judicial training institutes, magistrates and senior judges attending a colloquium in Johannesburg in January on the theme of “integrating environmental training in the African judicial training schools; a subsequent holding of a train the trainer for judicial educators in Africa in June, with the objective of enabling the heads of the institutions to improve their skills on integrating and developing environmental law education curriculum.