Environmental Law Centre - Overview


The IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC) has a long and proud history of achievements and a longstanding association with the City of Bonn, Germany, where it was first established back in 1970.

The ELC has grown from having one full time staff member in 1970, to being a professional international office with 15 highly skilled legal and information specialists. From humble beginnings, the ELC is today recognized around the world as a leading global centre of excellence in environmental law.

The Centre houses two extensive libraries, on Legislation, Treaties and Case Law, and Literature and Soft Law and is the headquarters for the UNEP, FAO, IUCN Management Unit for the joint initiative known as ECOLEX - the vehicle through which the three organizations provide web based access to their comprehensive holdings of environmental law information.

The ELC is a Centre that attracts fellows and interns from around the world and ELC fellows and interns enjoy the rewarding experience of working in an international office, based in a city that has demonstrated a strong commitment to the environment and to attracting international organizations and events. They also have the opportunity to interact with ELC staff and the many international experts who visit the Centre, and have access to the ELC library resources.

The ELC is a part of the rich network of environmental law expertise that comprises the IUCN Environmental Law Programme (ELP) and it works in collaboration with the whole of the IUCN family, together with many other partners from across the globe, in advancing environmental law, including:

  • IUCN Commission on Environmental Law members
  • IUCN staff and focal points in IUCN Headquarters and Regional and Country Offices in 42 offices around the world
  • Thirteen regional 'partner centres' and the other institutional partners with whom the ELP has memoranda of understanding

Principal author: John Scanlon and Maria Socorro Manguiat. Last updated: 31 August 2004


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