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9. febrúar 2018 12:00 til 14:00
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Oddi

101

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Wilderness protection with an emphasis on International and Icelandic Perspective

ELSA Iceland, in cooperation with the Faculty of Law, University of Iceland, invites you to a Conference on Wilderness Protection with an emphasis on International and Icelandic Perspective. The Conference takes place Friday 9 February in Room O-101 in Oddi Building on Campus and commences at 12:00.

The conference is open for all and is free of charge.

Speakers: 
- Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources: Opening of the Conference
- Kees Bastmeijer, Professor of Nature Conservation and Water Law at Tilburg University, the Netherlands
- Aðalheiður Jóhannsdóttir, Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law University of Iceland
- Þorvarður Árnason, Director for the University of Iceland’s Research Center in Hornafjörður

I.
Kees Bastmeijer, Professor of Nature Conservation and Water Law at Tilburg University, the Netherlands: “Wilderness Protection: The Role of International, European and National Law”.

Wilderness areas are often characterized by a relatively large size, a high degree of naturalness and the absence of proof of modern human society (e.g., roads, buildings, bridges, motorized transportation) (IUCN 2008). While wilderness areas are worldwide under pressure, Europe still retains some large wild places. Iceland takes a special position in this respect, not only because of the still remaining wilderness but also because of the explicit attention for wilderness protection in law and policy. Kees Bastmeijer takes an international perspective by discussing the question to what extent the last relatively untouched natural areas in Europe receive legal protection under international conventions, European Union law and domestic law. He will also provide a personal impression of the relevance of the wilderness concept for Iceland.

II. 
Aðalheiður Jóhannsdóttir, Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law University of Iceland: “Wilderness with an emphasis on environmental decision-making.“ 

Aðalheiður Jóhannsdóttir will be focusing on the term "wilderness" according to the Icelandic Nature Conservation Law and how it has influenced environmental decision-making since 1999. She will be arguing that the term has only been partially effective for wilderness protection. 

III.
Þorvarður Árnason, Director for the University of Iceland’s Research Center in Hornafjörður: "Wilderness Mapping in Iceland: New Approaches to an Old Problem" Authors: Þorvarður Árnason and David Ostman. 

Þorvarður will be presenting new approaches to the mapping of Wilderness in the Central Highland of Iceland. The first attempts to map Wilderness in Iceland date back 20 years but the legal status of the maps that have been developed remains unclear. Some of the criteria and approaches that have previously been used are open to critique. Without a proper map of Wilderness, nature conservation, policy making and planning become highly problematic, especially in the Central Highland which is often considered to be the largest Wilderness remaining in Europe.

After the presentations questions from the hall and from Twitter, under the hashtag #elsaiceland.

The moderator of the conference will be Guðni Friðrik Oddsson, Vice President for Seminar and Conferences of ELSA Iceland.

Environmental Law is currently the International Focus Programme of ELSA. The International Focus Programme aims at raising awareness of a certain theme for the whole ELSA Network over a fixed term.

The chosen theme considers that we can have an impact on the environment we are living in, on the development of our own countries, Europe and even the world by giving law students and young lawyers all over Europe a voice. Humanity has had a constant impact on the environment and with the International Focus Programme we can contribute to give law students and young lawyers an education, giving them the opportunity to create a better world.

ELSA Iceland, in cooperation with the Faculty of Law, University of Iceland, invites you to a Conference on Wilderness Protection with an emphasis on International and Icelandic Perspective. The Conference takes place Friday 9 February in Room O-101 in Oddi Building on Campus and commences at 12:00.

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