IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) Webinar: The Brasília Declaration of Judges on Water Justice, 17 July, 2020

Globally, the quality and availability of freshwater resources is under increasing stress. In 2018, WCEL and partners convened the Conference of Judges and Prosecutors on Water Justice at the 8th World Water Forum held in in Brasilia. Over 140 participants from more than 60 countries engaged in high-level discussions on the management, use, and protection of freshwater resources, which culminated in the Brasília Declaration of Judges on Water Justice. The Brasília Declaration provides a set of ten principles that aim to familiarize judges with water-systemic and wider eco-systemic dimension and ramifications of their function as they adjudicate civil, criminal, or administrative cases.

The panelists in this webinar will each illustrate the value of particular principles of the Brasília Declaration in the context of specific cases in their courts. The ultimate goal is to document the emerging role of judges as the guardians of the planet’s stressed freshwater resources, and the inspirational value of the principles of the Brasília Declaration in that context. The webinar is scheduled for Friday, 17 July, 2020, from 13:00-14:30 Central European Time (CET). To register, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yBd2u5TuT6m2UT00nF9JfQ