The University of Eastern Finland and its Centre for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law were pleased to host the 20th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law in Joensuu, Finland, from 31 July – 4 August 2023.

In total, 330 scholars and practitioners from over 50 different nationalities attended this hybrid conference, around 190 of which came to Joensuu in person.

More than 250 abstracts were presented in the conference week to both an in-person and an online audience, all under the theme “Future-proofing Law in a Time of Environmental Emergency”.

Keynote speeches were given by Liz Fisher, Kari Kuusiniemi, Louis Kotzé, Tessa Khan and Josephine van Zeben.

For 20 years, the Colloquium has provided an important forum for legal scholars and experts from all over the world to come together to exchange knowledge, experiences and fellowship. In this significant anniversary year, we were happy to bring it to Finland for the first time in its history.

Impressions from the Joensuu Colloquium

The 2023 Colloquium was proudly organised by:

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