Maryland law faculty and students presented papers at the 15th Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, which was held from May 31-June 3 in Cebu, Philippines. The Colloquium is the annual gathering of members of the Academy, a consortium of more than 200 law schools from 60 countries. More than 180 environmental law professors and students from 30 countries attended the Colloquium, which was hosted by the University of Cebu. The theme of this year’s colloquium was “Stories of the World We Want - and the Law as a Pathway.”
On May 31 rising 3L Shannon Himes presented a paper on “Expanding Marine Protected Areas to Mitigate Climate Change: A Comparison of Hawaii and the Philippines.” Her presentation incorporated photos she took the previous day while visiting Philippine marine protected areas. On June 2 rising 3L Kerri Morrison presented a paper on “National and Multinational Strategies for Radioactive Waste Disposal.” Kerri’s paper was published in the Environmental Law Reporter (47 ELR 47300) in April 2017. Travel for the Maryland students was funded by the Environmental Law Program’s Fedder Scholars Fund.
Maryland Professor Robert Percival addressed a plenary session of the Colloquium on June 2 that focused on environmental success stories. He reviewed lessons that can be learned from the history of the successful global effort to phase out leaded gasoline. Percival also delivered remarks at the closing reception of the Colloquium, which was held in the historic 16th-century Fort San Pedro in Cebu City.
This year’s Colloquium featured keynote addresses from Philippine Supreme Court Justice Antonio T. Carpio and Philippine environmental activist Tony Oposa, Jr. as well as an opening reception hosted by Hilario Davide III, Governor of Cebu Province. Several professors from Southeast Asian law schools who participated in the Academy’s Training the Teachers (TTT) program also attended the Colloquium. Funded by a grant from the Asian Development Bank, the TTT program is helping hundreds of professors to develop competence in environmental law. In the past 12 months, TTT workshops have been held in China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Malaysia. During the next 12 months programs will be held in Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Nepal. Maryland’s Environmental Law Partnership with Pace University’s Haub School of Law serves as the Secretariat for the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law.