13 May 2021

CILG Welcomes Marie Curie Fellowship Project: Implementation Issues in Global Environmental Law: The Case of Forests (INTERFOR)

We are happy to announce that Dr Justine Bendel will be joining CILG with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to carry out the project Implementation Issues in Global Environmental Law: The Case of Forests (Interfor)’, in cooperation with  Associate Professor Beatriz Martinez Romera.

The protection of forests is recognised to be of utmost importance in the agenda of the United Nations (UN), and in particular the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the climate change goals. Despite this recognition, forest protection is, in legal terms, rather scattered. In the context of forest environmental and climate governance, a mix of various layers of legal instruments with different goals exists, at the local, regional and global levels. As a result, the main current challenge is to make sure that the implementation of existing layers of legal protection runs smoothly, enhancing synergies and avoiding conflicts, in order to prevent further environmental degradation of forested lands. Against this background, INTERFOR aims to answer the following research question: how could the implementation of existing laws be enhanced, with the view of creating a better protection of forested lands and the people inhabiting them? INTERFOR will further knowledge on the implementation methods that take place on forested lands and contribute significantly to the understanding of the interactions between different legal fields and systems that apply on forested lands.

INTERFOR will run from 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2023.