The Center for Environmental Ethics and Law (CEEL) is an independent non-profit organization that works to advance environmental ethics and law in the context of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. It is a founding member of the Ecological Law and Governance Association (ELGA), a global network of experts from across disciplines that seek to connect and amplify the people, principles, and policies of ecological law and governance.
CEEL was created in 2004 by the IUCN Comité français (French Committee) in response to the growing recognition that ethical considerations are essential to effective conservation and sustainable development. The IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest environmental organization, with a membership of over 1,400 government and non-governmental organizations from around the world. CEEL works closely with the IUCN to promote the integration of environmental ethics and law into the organization’s work.
CEEL’s work is focused on four main areas:
- Research and scholarship: CEEL supports research and scholarship on environmental ethics and law, with a focus on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. It publishes a peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of Environmental Ethics and Law, and hosts an annual symposium on environmental ethics and law.
- Capacity building: CEEL provides training and capacity building to practitioners and scholars working in environmental ethics and law. It offers workshops and courses on a variety of topics, and supports fellowships and internships for students and early career professionals.
- Advocacy: CEEL advocates for the integration of environmental ethics and law into policy and practice. It works with governments, businesses, and civil society organizations to promote the development and implementation of ethical and legal frameworks for conservation and sustainable development.
- Networking: CEEL connects people and organizations working on environmental ethics and law around the world. It hosts an online forum for discussion and collaboration, and organizes events and workshops to bring people together to share ideas and experiences.
CEEL is committed to working with a diversity of partners to advance environmental ethics and law. It works with governments, businesses, civil society organizations, indigenous peoples, and other stakeholders to develop and implement ethical and legal frameworks for conservation and sustainable development. CEEL believes that by working together, we can create a more just and sustainable future for all.