Atty. Rose Liza Eisma - Osorio, Asia’s first Chairperson of Environmental Law Academy. Photo from University of Cebu School of Law

Among the environmental law faculties and research centers from 60 countries, the newly-elected chairperson of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law is University of Cebu’s professor Atty. Rose Liza Eisma-Osorio. Currently teaching Environmental Law Public and Private International Law, Legal Research and Writing, and Human Rights Law at the UC College of Law, Eisma-Osorio also acts as the Faculty Adviser and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Research in Law and Policy.

IUCNAEL is an international network of 200 environmental law faculties and research centers from 60 countries with an academy secretariat located at the University of Maryland, USA. This network was built with the belief that environmental legal education is a vital contributor to the rule of law and to robust environmental governance essential for sustainable development.

As an environmental advocate, she is one of the founders and managing trustee of the Philippine Earth Justice Center who recently received the Tatak UP awards in 2018. This achievement can be traced on the number of environmental cases filed and won by PEJC. Like the decision of the Supreme Court in the ‘Resident Marine Mammals and Dolphins vs. Reyes’ wherein Eisma-Osorio and another lawyer were recognized as the stewards of dolphins and whales of Tañon Strait Protected Seascape in Central Philippines after putting an end on the illegal oil exploration in the protected seascape.

According to reports, and as affirmed by fellow environmental lawyer Gloria Estenzo-Ramos, Eisma-Osorio is the first person to hold such position in Asia.

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