Public Lecture: Towards a global pact for the environment or towards a third covenant on environmental human rights?

Date Wednesday 13 March 2019
Time 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Where Dance Studio, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato
Presenter Emeritus Professor Michel Prieur
Contact Diana Beeching
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

A public lecture by the 2019 Te Piringa - Faculty of Law Visiting Scholar Emeritus Professor Michel Prieur, University of Limoges

In May 2018 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution called “Towards a Global Pact for the Environment”. As a result a new working group was established in Nairobi to study the feasibility of a new universal international convention on the general principles of environmental law.

Is it necessary to create a new international convention on the environment? Would it be more appropriate to create a third covenant – Covenant on Human Right to the Environment – in addition to the Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights?

In this public lecture Prof. Prieur will attempt to answer these and other questions.

About Prof Prieur

Dr Michel Prieur is a graduate of the Institute of Political Sciences, Paris, and a distinguished environmental lawyer. In addition to his academic activities as a professor at the Universities of Strasbourg and Limoges, Dr Prieur represented the French government at the Rio + 20 Conference in 2012 and is a Judge on the International Court of Arbitration and Conciliation on the Environment. He is the recipient of many distinctions including the Legion of Honour in 2016.

Professor Prieur will spend four weeks at Te Piringa, giving a public lecture, staff seminar and appearing as a guest lecturer during selected courses.

About the Waikato Faculty of Law Visiting Scholars programme

Te Piringa - Faculty of Law offers graduate and postgraduate legal education and enjoys a lively and committed research focus. It is also unique in New Zealand in having clear foundation goals to guide research, teaching and public engagement – biculturalism, professionalism, and teaching law in context. As a part of the Faculty's commitment to teaching and research excellence, Te Piringa established Visiting Professor/Scholar programme, which brings prominent academics to Waikato. The areas of particular interest to the Faculty are:  cyber law and intellectual property, environmental law, health law, international law, Māori and indigenous governance, new ways of thinking about law, public law and policy, sports law and tort law.

Visiting Scholars are renowned in their research area and have achieved excellence in teaching. They are expected to spend 4-6 weeks with the Faculty teaching a paper, giving guest lectures, seminars and sharing their experience with legal academics in the Faculty.

Please RSVP by Friday, 8 March 2019.