JUDGES OF CENTRAL/EASTERN EUROPE,
CAUCASUS AND CENTRAL ASIA MEET IN LVIV
20 May 2003
From 16-17 May, 15 Chief Justices and other senior judges from Supreme and Constitutional Courts from 11 countries of Central/Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, together with other judges and experts from across the globe, met in Lviv, Ukraine to advance 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 symposium considered regional and comparative case studies, together with issues relating to 'the Aarhus Convention', human rights and environment, Constitutional environmental rights, the potential role of specialist environment courts, and the ability of judges to exchange judgements through using the IUCN/UNEP Judicial Portal. The Symposium was sponsored by IUCN, UNEP and EcoPravo-Lviv, with the support of the State Judicial Administration of Ukraine and the Judicial Academy of Ukraine, and is part of an ongoing initiative of IUCN and UNEP to work with judges from all regions of the world to enhance capacity to implement and enforce environmental laws. The Lviv Symposium followed recent global symposia held in Johannesburg and Nairobi and regional symposia held in London and Rome.
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