According to the IUCN Academy, environmental legal education is an important contributor to the rule of law and to environmental governance. Environmental legal education is essential for achieving sustainable development, and can be delivered by means of:
Development and delivery of programs aimed at building university teaching capacity in environmental law;DU Law Prof. George (Rock) Pring, who was instrumental in DU's joining the academy, said, "It is exciting for DU to become an active member of the IUCN's Academy of Environmental Law, as it is the premier body of environmental law professors globally."
Generation of global research programs with major partners to feed into national and international environmental law and policy agendas; and
Convening major international conferences and exchange through the efforts of its Secretariat and its electronic communications.