Symposium on the Law for Security and Sustainable Development, 30 May 2022

Welcome to the Symposium on the Law for Security and Sustainable Development, organised in relation to the UN Stockholm+50 Meeting.

When: 30 May 2022, at 13.00-18.00 CET
Where: At Stockholm University, Aula magna and via zoom
Registration (last day for registration 25 May): Click here to register for participation in person or online:


As there are no longer any Covid-19 restrictions in Sweden, there will be no particular safety measures for Covid-19 at the Symposium.

This event is organised by: 

  • Stockholm Environmental Law and Policy Centre, at Stockholm University, 
  • Faculty of Law, Lund University, 
  • Environmental Law Institute, and 
  • Environmental Peacebuilding Association.
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The UN meeting Stockholm+50 provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the many advancements in law for security and sustainable development since the first UN Conference on the Human Environment, in Stockholm 1972, and chart a path forward. 

The Symposium on the Law for Security and Sustainable Development, associated with the UN Stockholm+50 Meeting, addresses the protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts under international law, and the integration of the environment and security in the law. 

Please join us for this exciting Symposium, which features presentations by leading academics, policymakers, and practitioners from four continents. 


While the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm launched the modern environmental movement, it did not effectively address armed conflicts or environmental concerns as matters of security.  Since then, environmental law has grown and matured at both the international and national levels, so as also to address the environmental dimensions armed conflicts. This is evident in the 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, which boldly sets out that:

“Warfare is inherently destructive of sustainable development. States shall therefore respect international law providing protection for the environment in times of armed conflicts and cooperate in its further development, as necessary.”

Sustainable development was conceived and it elaborated to comprise the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of development. The 2015 Sustainable Development Goals confirm that peace is an essential element of sustainable development.

Even as the law on environmental protection and sustainable development has grown, the international community has struggled with the environmental dimensions of armed conflict – in international and domestic contexts. From defoliation in the Viet Nam War to burning oil wells of the 1990-91 Gulf War, to conflict diamonds in Sierra Leone and conflict bananas in Somalia, to concerns about climate wars and water wars, to the central role of natural resources in rebuilding countries after conflict, the international community had to address many linkages between environment, conflict, and peace. And the body of international law, institutions, and practices on specific linkages has grown. To assist with codifying and progressively advancing these legal developments, the UN International Law Commission has developed Draft Principles on Protection of the Environment in Relation to Armed Conflict. Even with the development of international and domestic law, though, implementation and enforcement lags, as witnessed by the ongoing wars in Ukraine, Yemen, and Syria (among others).

Stockholm+50 provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the many advancements in law for security and sustainable development and chart a path forward.  Please join us for this exciting symposium, which features presentations by leading academics, policymakers, and practitioners from four continents. 

The Symposium will be in person, but those who cannot participate on-site are welcome to participate online.

For questions about the event, please read under Contact below.


Opening and welcome

  • Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Professor and Stockholm University President, Welcome Address
  • Jonas Ebbesson, Professor and Director of Stockholm Environmental Law and Policy Centre, Welcome and Presentation of the Symposium

Key note

  • Michael Bothe, Professor Emeritus, Universität Frankfurt am Main: “Environmental Protection in Relation to Armed Conflict – Fifty Years of Effort, and No End in Sight” 

Panel 1: Protection of the Environment in Relation to Armed Conflicts under International Law

  • Moderator: Britta Sjöstedt, Senior Lecturer, Lund University 
  • Marie Jacobsson, Ambassador, Principal Legal Adviser on International Law at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, and Former ILC Special Rapporteur on Protection of the Environment: “Environmental War Crimes in Russia’s War against Ukraine” 
  • Doug Weir, Research and Policy Director, Conflict and Environment Observatory: ”So You've Adopted Legal Principles, How Are You Going to Implement Them?” 
  • Richard Pearshouse, Director of Environment & Human Rights Division, Human Rights Watch: “The International Humanitarian and Human Rights Legal Framework for Protecting the Environment in the Context of Armed Conflict: The Need for Accountability” 
  • Antonio Martínez and Gisela Paredes, members of the Colombian Colectivo de GuardaParques Del Sistema de Parques Nacionales: ”Territory, Nature, Park Rangers and Defenders of the Environment: Legal Means for Not Forgetting, Recognition, Repair and Non-Repetition in Peaceful Scenarios”  

Panel 2: Integrating Environment and Security in the Law

  • Moderator: Jonas Ebbesson, Professor and Director of Stockholm Environmental Law and Policy Centre, Stockholm University 
  • Carl Bruch, Director of International Programs, Environmental Law Institute and President, Environmental Peacebuilding Association: “Integrating Conflict and Conflict Sensitivity into Environmental Law” 
  • Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Director, Law Division, United Nations Environment Programme: “The Right to a Healthy Environment and Conflicts” 
  • Daniella Dam-De Jong, Associate Professor, Leiden University: “Integration of Environmental Security Risks in Peace Operations”  

Concluding Reflections: Charting a Path Forward


To the conference venue

Subway/Tunnelbanan: Universitetet (red line 14)

Roslagsbanan (commuter train): Universitetet

Bus: 50, 540, 608 och 670

Driving: On the right side of Roslagsvägen, north of Roslagstull, northbound

Taxi Stockholm: 15 00 00

Sverigetaxi (previously Taxi 020): 020-20 20 20

Taxi Kurir: 08-30 00 00 47

Public Transportation – SL

Stockholm has a well-developed public transport system.

All trains, including interregional trains, commuter trains, arrive at the central train station. The main hub for the subway – T-centralen – is directly connected to the central train station. Stockholm Public Transport (Storstockholms Lokaltrafik) commonly referred to as SL is the organization running all of the land based public transport systems in Stockholm City and surrounding county. There are two types of SL tickets: travelcards and single journey tickets. You can buy travelcards for 24, 72 hours or 7 days at discounted fare, or load any type of travelcard on an SL access smart card. You can also download the SL app, for planning and for tickets (QR codes).

The Subway has three lines (red, green and blue) which includes mains hubs at T-centralen, Tekniska Högskolan, Odenplan, Fridhemsplan and Slussen which connect to interregional trains, commuter trains and buses.

In Stockholm city there are red and blue buses. The blue buses (numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6) travel at high frequency (4-5 minutes interval between bused during rush hours), often connected to the main subway hubs. For more information please visit

Transport to/from Airport

Stockholm Arlanda Airport is located approximately 42 kilometres from the centre of Stockholm. There are multiple ways to travel to and from the airport:

Taxi: taxi to/from Stockholm comes at fixed costs between 500-600 SEK depending on the taxi firm.

Arlanda Express: Airport express train to/from Stockholm city

SL/SJ train: commuter or regional train to/from Stockholm city. If you have bought SL travelcard you need to pay an extra fee at the airport.

Flygbussarna: buses directly to/from Stockholm city terminal, least expensive option. In addition to Stockholm Arlanda Airport, there are two smaller airports which have some international airline traffic: Skavsta Airport and Bromma airport. They are served by taxis and Flygbussarna.


For questions about the event, please contact Ms. Valentina Barrios at 

For questions regarding registration, please contact 

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