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The theme of the V Tarragona International Environmental Law Colloquium (TIEC) is Gender and environmental law. Challenges and opportunities for promoting the role of gender in environmental justice.

Gender determines human relationships with the environment. Due to traditionally established gender stereotypes, people have taken over different responsibilities, knowledge and needs concerning natural resources and have also assumed different identities. People live within specific power dynamics. For example, women usually face an excessive burden of work and a large proportion of their work is unpaid and unacknowledged. Women are more likely to suffer from food insecurity than men and they are also at a greater risk of energy poverty due to their lower average income. Besides, women are often under-represented in local, regional, national and international institutions and within governance mechanisms, as a consequence they tend to have less decision-making power. In addition, women environmental defenders are subject to the same type of risks as any human rights defender, but as women, they are also targeted for or exposed to gender-specific threats and violence.

However, a gender approach goes beyond these topics. It is also linked to activism and social movements. Therefore, an environmental and gendered perspective points out and combines human groups, social roles, labour inequalities and exploitation conditions, but also resistance and struggles for emancipation. Such perspective goes beyond essentialism and identifies environmental struggles with challenging patriarchy as a dynamic that involves masculinities.

Environmental laws and policies are not gender-neutral. The role of environmental law remains weak regarding gender equality. In this sense, the gender perspective remains under-recognized and under-involved in environmental policy-making and in environmental management. Therefore, it is also important to holistically address this issue and to understand and analyze masculinities and other gender behavior dynamics. Gender roles must be addressed to achieve a sustainable and more equitable future. This is essential to move forward in many areas of life, including environmental protection and environmental justice.

A gender perspective is absolutely necessary in order to face the climate emergency and other environmental struggles. Its contributions enrich different social fields, benefit social movements and broaden academic research that should assist in their (our) struggle for a better present and a worthy future. An environmental protection gendered approach should involve the revision of traditionally gender-neutral methodological tools, ethical principles, discourses and practices. It should involve methodological tools, political activism, transdisciplinarity, ethical principles and analytical discourses,

In this context, the V TIEC aims to bring together original points of view and generate discussions concerning the overall theme of the Colloquium. The organizing committee also welcomes interdisciplinary approaches for paper and poster presentations.

We encourage authors to submit abstracts which address one of the following topics:

  1. Environmental law prospects as a tool for promoting gender and LGTBI+ human rights in the context of environmental struggles.
  2. Climate change and gender, a feminist approach: adaptation strategies, gender environmental justice, migration and displacement, Climate Action Plan under the UNFCCC, gender dimensions of national climate laws and National Determined Contributions (NDCs).
  3. New and critical developments of Ecofeminism. Intersectionality and multiple discriminations. Environmental and gender-critical theories: exploring new masculinities and environmental law under gender perspectives.
  4. Gender mechanisms, methodologies and strategies for the protection, promotion and defense of environmental defenders.

The V TIEC aims to provide a forum for junior and early-career researchers with different backgrounds to present and discuss their research and works-in-progress. This event seeks to create a friendly environment for meeting fellow students and colleagues that share a common interest in environmental law.

Those interested in presenting their proposals should submit an abstract of no more than 300 words here. Longer abstracts will not be accepted.

Deadline for abstract submission: 15th April (extended deadline)

As the official language is English, all abstracts and posters must be presented in this language.

The authors of abstracts selected for oral or poster presentation will not be expected to submit completed papers. However, we do encourage interested authors to submit completed papers to the Catalan Environmental Law Journal (Revista Catalana de Dret Ambiental). See author guidelines.

For further information, please contact TIEC Organizing Committee (

Please, find the posters template [Here]. Please, print it in an upright position.