ICEL adopted its statutes on 26 November 1969. Its last amendment took place at a meeting of ICEL-members in Paris on 24 June 2017.
- Art. 1, Para 1 of the ICEL-Statutes (“Nature and Seat”) stipulates:
“ICEL is an international organization established under Article 60 of the Swiss Civil Code. Its legal seat is in Geneva, Switzerland.” ICEL is registered as a non-profit association in the register of associations of the Canton of Geneva.
- Art. 2, Para 1 of the ICEL-Statutes (“Functions”) says:
“ICEL shall promote the progressive development of international and comparative environmental law and its related disciplines, to encourage a transformative effect on the principles of law and practices, through providing expert advice and advancing proposals that have a realistic prospect of being adopted.”
Tasks and Functions of the ICEL-bodies
The “Board of Governors” shall not exceed 15 members. It is the Supervisory Board of ICEL. Ex-officio member of the Board is the chairman of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, Justice Antonio Benjamin, Brazil. The Board of Governors is elected for a period of five years by the membership of ICEL.
Currently is conformed by:
Prof. Nilüfer Oral, Chairperson, Turkey
Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin, Vice-Chairman, Brazil
Teresa Parejo, Treasurer (IBERIA, Spain)
Prof. Ben Boer (Wuhan University, China, and Emeritus Sydney University, Australia)
Prof. Koh Kheng Lian, Treasurer, Singapore
Rose Lesley Kautoke, Esq. (Office of the Attorney General, Kingdom of Tonga)
Patricia Kameri-Mbote (Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Nairobi)
Eckard Rehbinder (Emeritus, University of Frankfurt)
Dr. Reinhard Joseph Krapp (Bonn, retired diplomat, Germany
Prof. Nicholas A. Robinson, Executive Governor, USA, ex officio (Emeritus, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, NY)
The “Bureau” is the executive committee of the Board of Governors and responsible for the day-to-day business of ICEL.
ICEL is represented at UN organizations by “ICEL Representatives” – currently in New York, Vienna, Geneva, Nairobi, Beirut, Paris, Pacific, Bangkok, Santiago de Chile, Rome and Bonn.
Prof. Nicholas A. Robinson – New York
Prof. Victor Tafur – New York
Ms. Milena Bellini Sheppard – Geneva
Mr. Donald Kaniaru – Nairobi
Mr. Reinhard Krapp, Bonn
Mr. Antonio Oposa, Ombudman for Future Generations
Ms. Hiroko Muraki-Gottlieb, Oceans
Ms. Koh Kheng Lian, ASEAN
Mr. Chikosa Banda, African-American Legal Consultative Organization
Mr. Shakeel Kazmi, International Renewable Energy Agency
Mr. Juan Cruz Allí Turrillas, World Tourism Organization (WTO)
Over several decades two “Executive Governors” exerted the secretariat function. The current ICEL-statutes have been revised in Paris in 2017 and they provide now for only one Executive Governor, who is the functioning director and chief executive officer for ICEL. Prof. Nicholas Robinson is the current Executive Governor.
ICEL Statutes are public and open to be consulted for those interested on this organization.