International Environmental Law Research Centre
The International Environmental Law Research Centre (IELRC) is an independent research organization established in 1995. It has offices in Geneva, Nairobi and New Delhi, as well as a liaison office in London. IELRC provides a unique platform for collaborative research between researchers in developed and developing countries. Given its strong network of competence in two significant regions of the world, it is uniquely positioned to provide policy-relevant research at the international level.
IELRC undertakes policy-related academic research relating to the environment in a North-South context. It specifically seeks to contribute to the development of legal and institutional frameworks that foster equitable and sustainable environmental management at the local, national and international levels by promoting links between research communities and policy-makers in the North and South. IELRC’s main areas of work are biodiversity, biosafety, intellectual property, climate change, human rights, governance and water.
ECOSOC consultative status, UNCTAD observer status, accredited with WIPO’s Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore.
Policy-relevant publications, academic publications, legal opinions, briefing papers and the IELRC Newsletter. Recent books include The Sardar Sarovar Dam Project: Selected Documents (2007) and Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development - Emerging Issues (2005). A full list of publications by IELRC researchers can be found on the website.