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Call for Abstracts

We have received an overwhelming response to our call for abstracts and are not in a position to accept any new abstracts. On the basis of the abstracts received, we look forward to a great Colloquium, which we hope you will consider attending.


Technology and innovation are often heralded as a source of solutions to global environmental problems. There is no doubt that technology and innovation create opportunities, but they also pose challenges and carry risks. This conference will explore the role of law and governance in better leveraging these opportunities, distributing the benefits that arise therefrom, and managing the associated challenges and risks. In particular, the conference will explore the following areas with a view of discussing the relationship between technology & innovation and resilience: 

  • Biodiversity and traditional knowledge
  • Climate change
  • Energy
  • Freshwater
  • Land, food and agriculture
  • Oceans
  • Sustainable development.

Within each of these areas questions such as the following will be addressed: 

  • How may national, regional, international and transnational legal frameworks develop, evolve and be harnessed to maximize the potential benefits and limit the challenges associated with technology and innovation? Which general principles, legal tools, public policies and procedural rights may be of relevance? 
  • What is the role of law and governance in providing an enabling framework for innovation and technology development, and in securing an adequate balance of social and private benefits? What is the adequate role of government intervention, including technology mandates and public R&D funding?
  • What is the interaction between societal perceptions of risk and technological innovation and the development and evolution of law? How are such perceptions shaped, measured, managed and integrated in rulemaking and legislation?
  • How can international global notions of resilience and risk that have emerged in recent years be used to address local perceptions and experiences in different cultural contexts? In particular, how can resilience be understood and used in marginalised and vulnerable communities across different cultures
  • How and to what degree do different legal systems address the risks and challenges that new technologies pose for fundamental freedoms and democratic governance systems, particularly taking into account the rapid pace of technological development?
  • Can law contribute to achieving fairness, equity and justice with regard to the global distribution of the benefits of scientific and technological progress taking into account global distribution of risks?
  • Abstracts and papers must be written in English, complete with title, author(s)’s name(s), and institutional affiliation.
  • Abstracts should contain the aim of the paper, main points and a brief conclusion (400 words, maximum).
  • Abstracts should not contain tables, graphs, drawings, etc.
  • Abstracts should be attached to an email that will be sent to The subject of the email should be “Abstract – 2018 IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium”.

Please identify the area/stream where you believe your paper fits best. We would encourage you to identify an area within the following list; 

  • Biodiversity and traditional knowledge
  • Climate change
  • Energy
  • Freshwater
  • Land, food and agriculture
  • Oceans
  • Sustainable development.

When submitting your abstract please use this template.

  • 01 February 2018 – submission of abstracts deadline
  • 01 March 2018 – notification of abstract acceptance
  • November 2018 (TBC) – submission of draft paper
  • December 2018 (TBC) – notification of whether the paper will be included in the edited collection stemming from the Colloquium

How many times do we hear that an image is worth more than a hundred words? So why not add an image to your abstract… The best images will be displayed at the Colloquium and prizes will be awarded. 

The University of Strathclyde organizes a yearly competition called “Images of Research” and we will be using their success for the Colloquium’s image exhibition. Further details will be sent out soon, but meanwhile you can familiarize yourself with previous editions of the Strathclyde Images of Research competitions here, including tips on how to best showcase your image and how to make it align more effectively with your research.

For further information about the 2018 IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium please check the Colloquium web site regularly.

We are pleased to be able to offer a full scholarship to a limited number of participants from low-Income economies. If your organisation is based in one of these countries and you wish to be considered for a scholarship please provide us by 01 February 2018 the following information via email (the subject of the email should be “Abstract / Scholarship – 2018 IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium”):

  • Abstract (following the instructions on the Colloquium’s web page)
  • A 2 page CV

 The full scholarship will cover

  • Travel to and from Glasgow in economy class
  • Accommodation in Glasgow on University accommodation
  • Registration for the Colloquium

Successful scholars will be responsible for all other costs and arrangements including those relating to visas and travel/health insurance. Successful applicants will be notified by 01 March 2018. 

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