Rock and Kitty Pring
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Denver Law Environmental Law Professor Rock Pring and Catherine Pring Featured in Panel Discussion at Recent International Bar Association Annual Meeting in Boston



Greening Justice: Creating and Improving Environmental Courts and Tribunals

(CLICK HERE to download a complimentary copy of the new book, 1.46 MB)

Specialized environmental courts and tribunals (ECTs) are making major contributions to access to justice, environmental governance, and protection of the environment around the world. Their growth is spectacular – hundreds have been developed in dozens of countries in recent years.

This ground-breaking book provides step-by-step practical guidance on how to structure and operate an effective ECT – what works and what does not – based on two years of research and over 150 interviews with expert environmental judges, prosecutors, lawyers, litigants, government officials, academics, and advocacy groups in all regions and major legal systems of the world. This University of Denver ECT Study is authored by the multidisciplinary husband-wife team of George (Rock) Pring » – a professor of environmental, international, and constitutional law, government consultant, and former environmental litigator – and Catherine (Kitty) Pring » – a professional mediator, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) specialist, systems analyst and planner, and former government human services official.

The authors identify the 12 key characteristics of ECTs – the “building blocks” or design decisions which contribute to making ECTs work effectively. Designed for capacity building, this comparative study provides a range of options and alternatives within each building block suitable for developed, developing, or least-developed countries. Real world “best practices” and successes and failures are provided for each step, making this a book that will be invaluable to any country or constituency considering creating or improving an ECT.

The ECT Study has been supported by the University of Denver College of Law, the University of Denver, the Hughes Research & Development Fund, the Nanda International Center, and the Pring’s advisory partnership, Global Environmental Outcomes (GEO). The book is published and made available at no charge by The Access Initiative (TAI), the largest civil society network dedicated to ensuring that communities have a voice in decisions concerning their natural resources. For nearly a decade, World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington, DC, has been privileged and proud to serve as the Global Secretariat of TAI.