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ECOLEX - the gateway to environmental law

Aim of the resource

Provide comprehensive information on International and national environmental law including Multilateral Environmental Agreements, national legislation and court decisions and corresponding relevant literature references.

Using the resource
Requirements for using the resource:
<p>Freely accessible via internet.</p>
Potential benefits from using the resource
Access to full texts of Multilateral Environmental Agreements and national legislation
Cross-references between datasets
Faceted search by common filters (e.g. subject, keyword, geographical field of application)
Faceted search by individual filters (per dataset, e.g. literature: author, journal)
Comprehensive information in one single source
Potential limitations from using the resource
Restricted budget for further development of functions and services
Limited staff resources for data analysis
Scale of application:
Practical information
UN languages in which the resource is available:
Development stage:
Full, working product
Contact details

ECOLEX has been designed to be the most comprehensive global source of information on national and international environmental law. It is a web-based information service, operated jointly by FAO, IUCN, and UNEP since 2001. It is a platform that synergizes information on environmental law collected through FAOLEX (FAO), ELIS (IUCN) and InforMEA (UN Environment). ECOLEX offers the entire spectrum of environmental subjects. It provides five sets of data on treaties, treaty decisions, national legislation, court decisions and literature, including full texts where applicable and not copyright restricted. ECOLEX provides invaluable information not only for legal professionals, researchers, and students but also for policy and decision-makers and the civil society from all over the world and at all levels. It is accessible free of charge.


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