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iucn-report-2The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a global environmental network that engages a wide range of stakeholders to address the world’s environmental challenges.  Since 2013, Lisa Benjamin, an Assistant Professor at The College of The Bahamas LL.B. Programme, has submitted country reports from The Bahamas to the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law eJournal.

Published on an annual basis, the eJournal provides a mechanism for legal practitioners to be informed of environmental law developments worldwide. It includes full length academic articles, shorter insight pieces as well as annual reports from various countries around the world on current environmental topics.

The Environmental Law Clinic, founded in 2014, as a collaboration between the COB LL.B. Programme and The Eugene Dupuch Law School, provides a vehicle for students to contribute to the annual reports. “This year, for the first time, students authored the article,” said Ms. Benjamin, who assisted the students throughout the process. Ms. Benjamin commended 2015 EDLS Graduate Theomonique Nottage, 2016 EDLS Graduate Renee Farquharson and current Year Two student, Megan Curry, who researched, edited, and drafted the report. “As a result of their hard work and dedication, they are now credited as authors of an academic article, published in a prominent, international environmental law journal.”

Through their participation, students are afforded the opportunity to engage in a global platform where environmental legal scholars provide information, analysis and debate. “We are proud of our students. The contributions that they have made to such an important academic resource on Bahamian legal environmental developments is invaluable. This is an example of the type of hands-on, experiential, learning opportunities that we seek to provide for our students at EDLS as we prepare them for legal careers,” remarked Principal Galanis.

The Bahamas is now one of the only Caribbean countries to consistently publish country reports through the IUCN eJournal, and as a result, are invited by the editors to submit a report each year. We look forward to the contributions of our students in the coming years.

Click here for the current issue of eJournal and to access the full text of the report.