Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin: In Passing

ImageSadly, Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin has died. She was a tremendously influential figure in international environmental law, through her work on international agreements, her many years as Head of the IUCN Environmental Law Centre, and her contributions to capacity building in this field. From the IUCN tribute:

Françoise was instrumental in drafting and elaborating a number of international conventions, agreements and instruments, such as the African Convention for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora –CITES; the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals; the World Charter for Nature; the ASEAN Agreement on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources; and the Convention on Biological Diversity. Her real passion was the development of technical capacities through access to information on environmental law and policy. That is why already in the 1970s, she initiated the Environmental Law Information System (ELIS), presented at the Stockholm Conference, which over the years evolved into the far more sophisticated online information system ECOLEX, the Gateway to Environmental Law.

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One thought on “Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin: In Passing

  1. I just read Cymie’s tribute to Francoise Burhenne-Guilmin. While I never had the pleasure of meeting her, over the past several
    years I had been in touch with Francoise during my doctoral research. She was extraordinarily helpful and an amazing resource. She sent me hard to find sources from the ELC library, by real post, meaning taking the time to find them, photocopy, and send out. She was also interested in what I wrote (although we didn’t always agree), and asked for a copy of my doctorate for the ELC library (just several months ago). Francoise was always very generous of her time, always answered my e-mails immediately, and very graciously suffered my lengthy phone interviews. I acknowledged her great help and kindness in my doctoral research, in the book that is being published later this year. While I never had the pleasure of meeting her, I feel a real sense of loss on hearing of her passing. She was truly a giant in the field of international environmental law, and we all stand on her shoulders.

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