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Justice at the heart of conflict prevention: Exploring rule of law responses to climate insecurity risks 

When: 18 October 2022 | 13:00-14:30

Format: Panel discussion

The effects of climate change increasingly result in growing scarcities or arable land, water, and other natural resources. Competition between resource users is heightened and livelihoods are disrupted, which can raise the pressure on state-citizen relations, inhibit state capacity for development, and increase insecurity.

The rule of law is an essential framework for responding to the pathways that link climate change and security. Strengthening access to justice and promoting inclusive governance arrangements can enable people to realize their rights while equitably resolving disputes and reducing tensions over land and natural resource management from escalating into violent conflict. 

Drawing on the experience of IDLO and its partners, this panel discussion will explore rule of law interventions that reduce and prevent insecurity and conflict arising from the complex and adverse effects of climate change, with a focus on empowering climate-vulnerable and historically marginalized groups -particularly women, youth and indigenous peoples. 


  • Teresa Mugadza, Kenya Country Manager, IDLO
  • Sylvain Muyombano, Registrar of Land Titles, National Land Authority, Republic of Rwanda
  • Esther Obaikol, Land Governance Expert and Coordinator of the Land Governance Unit, IGAD
  • Emmanuel Wakana, Executive Director, Youth Empowerment and Leadership Initiative (YELI-Burundi)

Moderated by Arthur van Buitenen, Policy Advocacy & Engagement Advisor, IDLO 

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You can check out IDLO's latest issue brief Rule of Law Responses to Climate Insecurity here. 

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