Maryland Carey Law’s Environmental Law Program was well represented at the 13th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, in Jakarta, Indonesia, September 7-12. Professor and Program Director Robert Percival, two Maryland Carey Law students and a recent graduate, were among 200 environmental law scholars from nearly 50 countries making presentations at the event.
The theme of this year’s colloquium was “Forest and Marine Biodiversity.” In his presentation on “The Intellectual Heritage of George Perkins Marsh: Forest Preservation and the Roots of Global Environmental Law,” Percival explored the impact of Marsh’s 1864 book “The Earth as Modified by Human Action,” which helped launch a global movement to establish protected areas.
Lani, Hong, and Kasky were able to participate in the Colloquium as Fedder Scholars through the generosity of the Fedder Environmental Fund. At a plenary session of the Colloquium on September 9, Percival presented a video tribute honoring the late Joel D. Fedder ‘58, who passed away in April.
Rick Beckel, a 2015 graduate of Macalester College who served as a Global Environmental Justice Fellow at the law school’s Environmental Law Program this summer, also made a presentation in which he analyzed how the concept of ecosystem services can be used to enhance efforts to preserve biodiversity.
The Colloquium featured such speakers as former International Court of Justice Judge Christopher Weeramantry, former Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr. and current Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Antonio Benjamin.