Dear subscribers,

This periodic update seeks to provide you with the latest information on IELRC’s research output and activities.


IELRC launches LEAD Journal in conjuction with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London


IELRC provides legal expertise to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, to NEPAD and in respect of the tsunami relief effort 


Visit IELRC’s India Home Page for latest updates on our Special Dossiers on the Narmada and the Bhopal cases


IELRC welcome two new researchers


... and plenty of new publications

  As always, we welcome any feedback you may have [ contact us ]

The next newsletter will be published in the end of June and will include some articles on the privatisation of water.

In the meantime, we wish you a good reading and we thank you for your interest and support.

The Editor



  LEAD Journal

The first issue of LEAD Journal (Law, Environment And Development) a peer-reviewed academic publication will be published in August. This exciting new project is jointly managed by the Law Department of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) - University of London and IELRC.

Submissions for the first issue will be accepted until 30 June. For further information, log on to the journal website at
or click here.



IELRC Expertise


International and national expertise to the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD
Preparation of a background paper on

intellectual property protection
strategies to NEPAD's Steering Committee for Science and Technology


Tsunami Relief Effor: in the wake of the tsunami, IELRC has been able to leverage its position in some affected countries and particularly India to assess the relief effort and identify the relationship between law and

natural disaster. These "travel notes" summarise the issues that have surfaced so far.

> read more

  Discussion Panel/ Book Launch on "Whose Rules of the Game?  Bioprospecting and Drug Research in Developing Countries" UNU Institute for New Technologies/ International Commission on Trade and Sustainable Development

Conference Room 5, United Nations, New York, 19 April 2005

> UNU website (including audio - MP3 recording of the event)


Water & Global Security: Integrating Environmental Peacemaking in the Reforms of the United Nations.
Side-event at the Commission on Sustainable Development.

Friday, April 22, Conference Room 2, 1:15pm - 2:45pm, UN Headquarters


  Indian Special Dossiers


The recent decision of the Supreme Court of India has been an important victory for S. Muralidhar and the people he represents in the Sardar Sarovar Case...

> special dossier Narmada

The landmark 2004 order has been followed by further judicial activity in recent months

> special dossier Bhopal

New researchers at IELRC

  Christine FRISON joined IELRC as Research Associate. She holds an LLM in International and Trade Law from Lyon 1 University, an LLM in Public International Law from Brussels University and an LLB and a BA in English and Italian from Montpellier University), Dip. (Lyon I, American Law), Dip. (Nottingham Trent, English Law).

Her primary research area is public international law, with a particular focus on environmental law especially biodiversity and biosafety issues.

She is currently working on issues of access and benefit-sharing, in particular in the context of the FAO Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture


Pooja AHLUWALIA joined IELRC India as Research Associate. She holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex and an LLB and a B.Com. from the University of Delhi. She has been working as a Legal Officer at the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organisation Secretariat in New Delhi and  worked earlier as a Legal

Consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in New Delhi.

She now works on a variety of research projects at the Delhi office, including a new project on regulatory aspects of water privatisation

  New Publications

Monsanto v Schmeiser: A Landmark Decision concerning Farmer Liability and transgenic Contamination

This case, published in the Journal of Environmental Law, analyses the landmark decision of the Canadian Supreme Court in Monsanto v Schmeiser.

[ read the full text... ]


Access to Justice by Disadvantaged Groups
... there are two basic purposes that are intended to be served by providing access to justice: one is to ensure that every person is able to invoke legal processes for redress irrespective of social or economic status or other incapacity, and the other is to ensure that every person should receive just and fair treatment within the legal system.

Background Paper for the Expert Seminar on Democracy and the Rule of Law, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva 28 February-2 March 2005

Full text

Gender, Conflict and Regional Security
This article examines the gender dynamics in regional security. It argues that gender as a relational concept, contributes significantly to an understanding of the causes and

impacts of insecurity, and is also a critical factor in the search for solutions to insecurity.

Full text


Towards Greater Access to Justice in Environmental Disputes in Kenya: Opportunities for Intervention
Concern for the environment has increased over the years since the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in 1972. Kenya has signed, acceded to or ratified many international instruments providing for access to justice for its citizenry generally and in

environmental decision-making specifically. Access to justice in environmental decision-making is secured through the incorporation of environmental procedural rights in emerging international and regional instruments. These provisions are then deposited in national legislations to give them effect at that level (...)

Full text


International Environmental Law Research Centre
International Environment House II, 1F
7 Chemin de Balexert
1219 Châtelaine, Geneva, Switzerland
+41 (0)22 797 26 23
+41 (0)22 797 26 23