Current WCEL Members
Member distribution by region

Member distribution by region



Applications for WCEL membership

Persons who are not on this list but would like to apply for WCEL membership are encouraged to do so, following the procedure set out in the Bylaws.

The lists found above indicate who is currently a member. Any of these members, as well as any of the honorary members listed below, may be approached for the required support of a nomination to WCEL membership.

If you are interested in WCEL membership, please complete the online application/renewal form below and send a copy of your CV (short version, up to 2 pages) by email or mail to:

María Magdalena Arréllaga
Executive Officer
IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law 

English: WCEL Membership Application/Renewal form
French: Application/Renouvellement d'adhésion à la Comission Mondiale du Droit de l'Environnement de la UICN (WCEL)
Spanish: Formulario de Solicitud/Renovación de Membresía de la UICN - WCEL
Chinese: 世界自然保护联盟环境法委员会会员申请/重申表 (IUCN WCEL Membership Application/ Renewal Form)


The IUCN Statutes provide that all Commission membership expires three months after the World Conservation Congress. It is then for the Chair of each Commission to determine Commission membership, with the help of the Steering Committee.

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Honorary WCEL members

The following persons were proposed and appointed as honorary WCEL members, in recognition of their outstanding lifelong contribution to environmental law:

Hon. Justice P.N. Bhagwati (India)
Dr. Wolfgang E. Burhenne (Germany)
Mr. J. William Futrell (U.S.A.)
Dr. Parvez Hassan (Pakistan)
Mr. Donald W. Kaniaru (Kenya)
Ambassador Tommy Koh (Singapore)
Dr. Charles Odidi Okidi (Kenya)
Professor Nicholas A. Robinson (U.S.A.)
Dr. Iwona Rummel-Bulska (Kenya)
Professor Dinah L. Shelton (U.S.A.)
Hon. Justice Paul Stein (Australia)

In Memoriam:
Professor Patricia W. Birnie (U.K.) (2013)
Ms. Angela S. Cropper (Trinidad & Tobago) (2012)
Dr. Julio A. Barberis (Argentina) (2011)
Professor Alexandre Kiss (France) (2007)