Marina Venâncio is an environment and youth advocate, with over nine years of experience in the field of environmental law research and practice. She is currently working as a programme officer at the ...
IUCN WCEL Early Career Specialist Group
Overview and description
The IUCN WCEL Early Career Specialist Group provides a platform for early-career environmental lawyers, policymakers, decision-makers, and researchers to develop innovative and integrated legal ...
The IUCN WCEL Early Career Specialist Group provides a platform for early-career environmental lawyers, policymakers, decision-makers, and researchers to develop innovative and integrated legal solutions to our planet's emerging challenges.
Ms Marina VENANCIO
Marina Venâncio is an environment and youth advocate, with over nine years of experience in the field of environmental law research and practice. She is currently working as a programme officer at the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre and has previously contributed to several international and civil society organizations, including FAO and UNEP. She holds a master's degree in law, environment, and ecological politics from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil). Ms. Venancio has authored and co-authored more than forty publications in the field of domestic and international environmental law, and was awarded in 2016 the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s Green Talents Award for her research on agroecological public policies. She is also a member of the YPARD Steering Committee. You can contact her at email@example.com.
Mr Alvin GACHIE
Law professional with key strengths and experience in legal analysis, project management, and both establishing and managing partnerships with stakeholders. Experience of working in the United Nations ...
Law professional with key strengths and experience in legal analysis, project management, and both establishing and managing partnerships with stakeholders. Experience of working in the United Nations system (UN Environment Programme, UN Human Rights - OHCHR), in international civil society (Amnesty International, ActionAid) and in the private sector. Sound knowledge of various global political and social issues including environmental governance, human rights and humanitarian action. Seeking to meet the needs of people and communities for a better world.
About the Specialist Group
The purpose of this Early-Career Specialist Group (ECSG) is to foster exchanges between early-career environmental law professionals and encourage their participation in the activities of the Commission, in line with the 2021-2024 mandate of the World Commission on Environmental Law and the 2021–2024 IUCN Programme.
The ECSG’s work focuses on achieving three overarching goals:
- Provide next-generation, cutting-edge perspectives in environmental law to the World Commission on Environmental Law and the broader IUCN Programme.
- Provide a cross-cutting platform for the next generation of lawyers, policymakers, decision-makers, and scholars to exchange information and ideas on emerging and interdisciplinary topics in environmental law and meaningfully engage in environmental law research and practice.
- Promote innovative environmental law solutions to tackle the socio-ecological crisis, fostering intergenerational partnerships.
'Early-career' can be defined as "35 years or younger or within five years of completing a postgraduate degree in law or ten years or less since completing an undergraduate degree in law." Nonetheless, all World Commission on Environmental Law and broader IUCN community members are welcome to engage in and contribute to the ECSG's activities.
The ECSG membership comprises emerging environmental law scholars and practitioners from all eight IUCN Statutory Regions. ECSG members include leading early-career professionals working across all environmental law fields, from biodiversity to climate change law. The ECSG seeks to leverage its members' expertise by developing projects focused on emerging environmental law topics
The ECSG activities for 2022-2024 are developed under four core projects, namely:
- Next-generation environmental law research
Project co-leads: Ms. Elisa Fiorini Beckhauser (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ms. Valeriana Augusta Broetto (email@example.com)
- World Commission on Environmental Law Mentorship Programme
Project lead: Ms. Larissa Jane Houston (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Networks and partnerships for the future of environmental law
Project co-leads: Mr. Adrián Martínez Blanco (email@example.com) and Mr. Patrick Toussaint (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Science-policy Interfaces in the context of environmental rule of law
Project lead: Ms. Emily Webster (email@example.com) and Ms. Paula Silveira Galbiatti (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Are you interested in contributing to our activities?
We invite you to create a profile in the IUCN Commissions Membership portal (link) and apply to become a member of the World Commission on Environmental Law (link). Please indicate in your application form that you would like to join the “WCEL Early Career Network,” even if you received your law degree more than five years ago. Similarly, please indicate your interest in joining the group in the “brief outline” section. We are eager to welcome you to the ECSG!
Check out our "get involved” page to learn about WCEL membership. Please do not hesitate to write to us should you have any questions.