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  • 6th Scientific Conference of the Association of Environmental Law Lecturers in Middle East and North African Universities (ASSELLMU) February 24-25, 2025 at the Faculty of Law, East Arab Colleges, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    The Association of Environmental Law Lecturers in Middle East and North African Universities (ASSELLMU)

    6th Scientific Conference and Workshop


    Water Security and Environmental Law in the Middle East and North African (MENA) Region

    February 24-25, 2025

    Venue: Faculty of Law, Arab East Colleges, Saudi Arabia



    The 6th Scientific Conference of the Association of Environmental Law Lecturers in Middle East and North African Universities (ASSELLMU) is proposed to be held on February 24-25, 2025  at the Faculty of Arab East Colleges, Saudi Arabia, with a view to exploring the role of comprehensive and effective environmental laws in advancing water security in arid and water stressed countries in the MENA region. 


    This conference builds upon the achievements of its first five conferences held in Doha (Qatar) in November 2018, Settat (Morocco) in November 2019; Doha (Qatar) in November 2021, Amman (Jordan) in 2023; and Sohar (Oman) in 2024. The conferences have been sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme; SADER Legal Publishing; and with technical collaboration and partnership of the Rule of Law Programme Middle East and North Africa, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V; the UNESCO Chair on Environmental Law at HBKU; and the Jordanian Society for Climate and Sustainable Development. 

    The 2025 Conference aims to bring together environmental educators, university teachers, trainers, and practitioners to exchange knowledge, experience and learn from each other on how to strengthen environmental law education and practice in the region, with focus on the role of environmental law in advancing water security across the MENA region.

    Water is essential to the development and survival of human beings and that of other life forms, such as plants and animals. Therefore, ensuring water security— that is, the availability, accessibility, and affordability— of clean water is one of the most important aims of environmental law and policy across the world and in the MENA region.,There are several international and regional environmental agreemnts such as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea; the 1997 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non- Navigational Uses of International Watercourses Regional Convention for the Conservation of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Environment (Jeddah Covention), the Kuwait Regional Convention on Protection of Marine Environment, and Goal 6 of the United Nations Sustainbale Development Goals (SDG 6), amongst others, that aim to prevent the pollution of water bodies, and to ensure access to clean water and sanitation for all.

    With less than six years to the 2030 date for the realization of the SDGs, it is urgently imperative to examine the role of environmental law in accelerating progress on water security across the MENA region. Understanding gaps to the effective development, application and implementation of environmental law across the MENA region, as well as innovative environmental law education approaches for addressing those gaps, can help educators, business enterprises, policymakers and other stakeholders to plot a clearer path for systemic integration and reform.


    In acknowledgment of the importance of water security and sustainable development to the MENA region, the plenary session and workshops will provide an opportunity for sharing information and best practices on the role of environmental law in accelerating progress progress on water security across the MENA region. The program will cover national, regional and international law aspects on four (4) main substantive topics:

    • Water and International Environmental Law: key multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) that, through their effective implementation, can accelerate the water security in the MENA region, specifically on issues related to water technologies, desalination; climate-smart water infrastruture, water recycling and circular economy, integrated water management and financing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects amongst others.  
    • Domestic and Regional Approaches: Latest developments in the adoption of environment, social and governance (ESG) standards and multistakeholder approaches across the region, including the applicable legislation, institutions, and key legal innovations on water security across the region. 
    • Environmental Law Education for SDG Implementation: the role of environmental law education, research institutes and chairs, in advancing water security in the MENA region. Innovative educational techniques, legal tools, best practices, interdisciplinary research, resources and simulation models that can enhance legal and institutional capacity on integrated water conservation and management in the region;
    • Practical Application: Current capacity development gaps and needs of environmental law agencies and ministries in the region, and how can they be met.


    We are inviting abstracts for papers falling within any of the above topics that will propose groundbreaking academic style contributions to water law and policy in the MENA region. The contributions can take a continental approach to the issues they cover; or focus on sub-regional or country level case studies. In so far as methodology is concerned, papers adopting multi-disciplinary and empirical approaches are welcome. The papers can also address innovative approaches to teaching, carrying out research in and litigating on environmental law.

    Submission of abstracts and publication timetable

    Environmental law teachers, scholars and legal practitioners, and other persons interested in the discipline of environmental law and policy from the MENA region, are invited to submit an abstract on any of the above four main substantive topics. The proposals should be of no more than 600 words and include the following elements: name of the author; institutional affiliation of the author; author’s contact details; a short description of the topic to be addressed in the paper; the methodological approach taken; and a brief overview of the expected outcomes of the final paper.

    Abstracts should be submitted, together with a copy of the author’s curriculum vitae, as e-mail attachments to the Chair of ASSELLMU, Dr. Damilola S. Olawuyi, SAN  (

    The closing date for submission of abstracts is 30 August 2024. Any questions on this call for abstracts should be directed to

    The selection panel will consider the submitted abstracts and inform only the selected authors on or before 01 October, 2024. Upon acceptance of an abstract by the selection panel, the author will be invited to submit the full drafts of their papers on or before 31 December 2024.  Revised versions of the papers will be presented for discussion at the ASSELLMU 6th Scientific Conference to be held on February 24-25, 2025.  Finally accepted papers will be published in a journal special issue or book.

    Submission Guidelines

    • The submission must be original and not have already been published or submitted elsewhere.
    • Please ensure that submissions do not infringe other persons’ intellectual property rights.

    Please find further information here