Events on Environmental Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean

By: Claudia Ituarte-Lima,

Claudia Ituarte-Lima, thematic leader of Human Rights and the Environment thematic area will speak at two sessions of the “Fifth  Montevideo Environmental Law Programme Regional Conference-Legal Responses to combat the Triple Planetary Crisis in Latin America and Caribbean” which will contribute to inform the “Second Annual Forum on Human Rights Defenders in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean”. For more information and how to register please see the following information. Conferences will be held in Spanish and in English.

Claudia Ituarte-Lima

Claudia Ituarte-Lima

Leader of the Human Rights and the Environment Thematic Area


Dr. Claudia Ituarte-Lima is Leader of the Human Rights and the Environment thematic area and senior researcher at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

She is an international public lawyer and scholar with direct experience in international law and policy making. For the last 20 years, she has worked on human rights and environmental law (in particular biodiversity and climate change). She holds a PhD (University College London) and a MPhil (University of Cambridge).

Her work unites legal analysis and sustainability science for examining environmental and human rights governance challenges and innovative levers to address them. She has bridged the human rights and biodiversity “communities of practice” through leading research such in the Biodiversa project on safeguarding ecosystems and human rights through law and regulation. She has also experience designing multiactor dialogue processes and blended learning courses for judges, National Human Rights Institutions, environmental human rights defenders and United Nations staff. Her research expertise is complemented by her experiential learning by living in Sweden, Mexico, Kenya, Japan and Canada and the Peruvian and Ecuadorian Amazon region.

Dr. Ituarte-Lima has analysed the interplay between laws at distinct geographical scales. Her research ranges from empirically-based case studies in Latin America, Southeast Asia and Eastern Africa, to legal analysis examining the interactions between international legal regimes in particular between the Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and international human rights treaties. Her work has been published in English, Spanish, Burmese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese.

She serves as regional deputy director for Latin America of the Global Network on Human Rights and Environment, acts as an expert advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment and was a member of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) expert group in policy support tools and methodologies.

Before working at RWI, she worked at the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University and she has held visiting status including at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at University of British Columbia in Canada, the Environmental Change Institute at University of Oxford in the UK, the Global Centre of Excellence Programme in Conflict Studies at Osaka University in Japan, the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Ecuador and ECOSUR in Mexico.

For further updates on her research, please refer to her Research profile:


Fifth Montevideo Environmental Law Programme Regional Conference – Legal Responses to combat the Triple Planetary Crisis in Latin America and Caribbean (Hybrid)

Register for the Webinar here

This conference will bring together regional and international experts to share knowledge, experiences, lessons learned, and best practices in environmental law in the context of the specific challenges that Latin American and Caribbean countries face to tackle the triple planetary crises.

The conference will be hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme Latin America and the Caribbean Office, in Panama City, Panama. The sessions will be conducted in Spanish and in English and will be held in hybrid mode and broadcast to allow a broader number of participants.

General Programme

Second Annual Forum on Human Rights Defenders in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean

Organizers: ECLAC, in its capacity as Secretariat of the Escazú Agreement, in partnership with the Government of Panama, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women and the support of the World Bank.

The Second Forum, which will take place in Panama City from September 26-28, will address the situation of human rights defenders in environmental matters in Latin America and the Caribbean, share experiences and best practices in the promotion, prevention and protection of environmental defenders, and continue discussions and consultations on the Plan of Action.

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