ELGA has partnered with the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, the Center for Environmental Ethics and Law, the Earth Law Center, the Australian Earth Law Alliance, and Economics for the Anthropocene (a project of McGill University and Vermont Law) to host an annual series of courses by experts - practitioners and academics - in ecological law and governance.

All courses are free to attend, and registration is not required. Unless otherwise noted*, courses are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month for 90 minutes. Each course will consist  of a chair, a panel of experts, and Q&A time for all participants. All courses will be recorded and available here and on our partner websites.

We are currently accepting suggestions for our 2020 series. If there is a subject matter that you would like explored, please use the submission form below.

Friday, 24 MAY*
15:40-17:40 ET
Link: https://zoom.us/j/280098478
Contact: Geoffrey Garver

Special Session of the 12th CANSEE biennial conference, University of Waterloo
Ecological law: Key Themes and Developments

Geoff Garver (E4A and ELGA)

Prof. Hillary Hoffmann (Vermont Law School)
Dr. Carla Sbert (University of Ottawa)
Dr. Michelle Maloney (Griffith University and AELA)
Ivan Vargas Roncancio (PhD student, Leaders for the Ecozoic, McGill University)
Prof. Cristiane Derani (Federal University of Santa Catarina, Faculty of Law)
Emille Boulot (PhD student, Leaders for the Ecozoic, McGill University)
Nina Smolyar (PhD student, Leaders for the Ecozoic, University of Vermont)

Tuesday, 18 June
15:00-16:30 ET
Link: https://zoom.us/j/757896922
Contact: Michelle Bender

Ocean Rights: an emerging movement
Michelle Bender, Ocean Rights Manager, Earth Law Center

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in law and policy to protect the Ocean. The course will highlight the evolution of legal principles and guidelines for marine protected areas, and the successes and challenges with the current frameworks. The course will then introduce Ocean Rights and the Earth Law Framework for Marine Protected Areas, a guideline for evolving current frameworks to include Rights of Nature, providing for a non-anthropocentric approach to marine protection. Among the case studies to be explored, will be an in depth presentation on the Marae Moana Marine Park. Created in 2017, the Park exemplifies the commitment towards Ocean Rights and implementation of the Earth Law Framework.


Barbara Lausche is an international environmental lawyer with more than 30 years of experience working with governments and organizations worldwide, concentrating on conservation. A member of IUCN’s World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) since 1980, she has actively contributed over the years to IUCN law publications and projects in developing countries. She continues to advise on protected areas law, compliance with international conventions, law and policy principles of biodiversity conservation, and since the late 2000s, marine and coastal issues and connectivity conservation. She also is an active member of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and its Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group and Director of the Marine Policy Institute (MPI) at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

Michelle Bender is the Ocean Rights Manager at Earth Law Center (ELC), spearheading an innovative and paradigm-shifting solution to our ocean management challenges. She also serves on the executive committee of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature; and is a member of the IUCN's World Commission on Environmental Law. Michelle also conducts ongoing work for NOAA and the Friends of the Sea Otter, focusing on Large Marine Ecosystem governance and marine mammal protection. In 2018 she was named one of 15 Youth Ocean Leaders by the Sustainable Ocean Alliance. Michelle graduated Summa Cum Laude from Vermont Law School, where she earned a Master’s in Environmental Law and Policy and holds a B.S. in Biology with a Marine Emphasis from Western Washington University.

Jacqueline Evans is the Director of the Marae Moana Coordination Office at the Cook Islands Office of the Prime Minister. Jacqui has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji and a Master of Arts in Geography from the East West Center, Hawaii. Her lifelong commitment has been to the protection of the marine environment in the Cook Islands. Jacqui has worked for WWF and local Cook Islands NGO, Te Ipukarea Society, an IUCN member. Jacqui has also worked in the Cook Islands government at the Ministry of Marine Resources, National Environment Service and Ministry of Health. Jacqui recently received the 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize for Islands and Island Nations for her work to establish Marae Moana, the Cook Islands Marine Park, over the entire Cook Islands ocean territory. At the prize ceremony, Jacqui advocated for the rights of the ocean.

Tuesday, 16 JULY
15:30-17:00 ET
Link: https://zoom.us/j/347315471
Contact: Emille Boulot

Dealing with Uncertainty in Ecological Law
Emille Boulot (E4A)

Agenda being finalized.

Tuesday, 20 AUGUST
12:00-13:30 ET
Link: https://zoom.us/j/280010617
Contact: Kathryn Gwiazdon

The Ethics of Ecological Law and Governance: Voices of Vulnerable Peoples

Kathryn Gwiazdon

Agenda being finalized. Confirmed speakers include Julio Prieto (Ecuador), Alessandro Pelizzon (Australia), and Ngozi Unuigbe (Nigeria).

Tuesday, 17 SEPTEMBER
15:30-17:00 ET
Link: https://zoom.us/j/542511032
Contact: Geoffrey Garver

EL&G: Activism and Advocacy

Geoffrey Garver

Agenda being finalized.

Tuesday, 15 OCTOBER
Link: https://zoom.us/j/312428355
Contact: Kathryn Gwiazdon

Best Practices of Ecological Law and Governance
Massimiliano Montini

Agenda being finalized. This session will be in preparation for the 2019 ELGA Symposium on Best Practices of Ecological Law and Governance at the University of Siena, 24-26 October.

Tuesday, 19 NOVEMBER
15:30-17:00 ET
Link: https://zoom.us/j/508346969
Contact: Grant Wilson

EL&G and the Green New Deal
Grant Wilson

Agenda being finalized.

Tuesday, 19 DECEMBER
Link: https://zoom.us/j/654533776
Contact: Kathryn Gwiazdon

EL&G and The Hague Principles

Klaus Bosselmann

Agenda being finalized.

2019 FEBRUARY - Ecological Law and Governance: An Introduction and Overview

Hosted by: E4A and Vermont Law School

Chair: Geoffrey Garver
Panelists: Prof. Kinvin Wroth (Vermont Law School); Prof. Kirsten Anker (McGill Law Faculty); Prof. Hillary Hoffmann (Vermont Law School); and Prof. Klaus Bosselmann (University of Auckland School of Law)

Video Recording
2019 MARCH - Life after mining: how do we move beyond extractivism?
Hosted by: E4A

Chair: Ivan Vargas (Leadership for the Ecozoic, McGill University)
Featured presenter:
Dr. Leah Temper (Leadership for the Ecozoic, McGill University)
Video Recording
2019 APRIL - SDGs and Earth Jurisprudence: Education and Climate Change
Hosted by CEEL and IUCN WCEL ESG, with UN Harmony with Nature

Chair: Kathryn Gwiazdon
Welcome: Maria Mercedes Sanchez (Harmony with Nature)
Panelists: Valérie Cabanes (Notre Affaire à Tous); State Representative Kirsten Engel (University of Arizona School of Law); and Prof. Donald Brown (Widener University School of Law)
Video Recording

Questions or Course Ideas for 2020?

2020 Course Proposal