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In June 2016, in Oslo, Norway, the Ethics Specialist Group workshop of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law adopted a 2-page discussion paper entitled ‘From Environmental Law to Ecological Law: A Call for Re-Framing Law and Governance’. In the following months, several hundred academics and professionals of environmental law endorsed this paper, now known as the Oslo Manifesto.

The Oslo Manifesto calls for a world-wide dialogue on the key objectives of environmental law and governance in order to protect the integrity of Earth’s ecological systems as the basis of life and human development. This aim is at the centre of ecological law and governance. 

To facilitate the world-wide dialogue, the Oslo Manifesto calls for the establishment of the Ecological Law and Governance Association (ELGA). ELGA is charged with providing a platform for this dialogue and being a catalyst for creating and implementing ecological law and governance.