14 October 2002

From 10-11 October 2002 judges from across Europe met with judges and scholars from across the globe to take initial steps in advancing the implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, insofar as it relates to the role of the judiciary in achieving sustainable development. The topics addressed by the Symposium included the ability of citizens to obtain access to the courts, the pros and cons of establishing specialist environment courts, the principal features of environmental rights and liabilities in Europe, and the role of judges in developing the law. The Symposium, which was convened by the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, was opened by Lord Woolf, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. Speakers included the Rt Hon Michael Meacher MP, UK Minister of the Environment, Justice Mahla Pearlman, Professor Nicholas Robinson, CEL Chair, Donald Kaniaru, Director UNEP, and Professor Andrew Waite, Berwin Leighton Paisner. The Symposium agreed by acclamation to the 'London Bridge Statement', which will guide future work in carrying forward the results of the meeting.

Find the full text of the 'London Bridge Statement' here.


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