IUCN Environmental Law Centre

Godesberger Allee 108-112
53175 Bonn

+49 228 2692 231


The ELC is a part of the rich network of environmental law expertise that comprises the IUCN Environmental Law Programme (ELP) and it works in collaboration with the whole of the IUCN family, together with many other partners from across the globe, in advancing environmental law. The IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC) has a long and proud history of achievements and a longstanding association with the City of Bonn, Germany, where it was first established back in 1970.

The ELC has grown from having one full time staff member in 1970, to being a professional international office with 15 highly skilled legal and information specialists. From humble beginnings, the ELC is today recognized around the world as a leading global centre of excellence in environmental law.

The Centre houses two extensive libraries, on Legislation, Treaties and Case Law, and Literature and Soft Law and is the headquarters for the UNEP, FAO, IUCN Management Unit for the joint initiative known as ECOLEX - the vehicle through which the three organizations provide web based access to their comprehensive holdings of environmental law information.