Global Ecological Integrity Group
Sustaining Global Ecological Integrity and Human Health Through Science, Ethics, and Law

2018 - CELEBRATING 26 YEARS OF THE GLOBAL ECOLOGICAL INTEGRITY GROUP

ABOUT US
OUR MANDATE, HISTORY & FUTURE
The Global Ecological Integrity Group (GEIG) includes more than 250 scholars and independent researchers worldwide, from diverse disciplines, including ecology, biology, philosophy, epidemiology, public health, ecological economics, and international law.

Our mandate is to push the boundaries of scholarly endeavour through inter- and trans-disciplinary engagement on matters affecting and governing the sustainability of life for both present and future generations.

GEIG holds an Annual Symposium at different locations around the world, with diverse partner organizations. The conference focuses on a particular theme and usually results in a publication with selected presenters, launched at the following year's meeting.
Our first Focus Group Meeting took place in 1992, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and that funding continued until 1999. In 1999, with the able assistance of Philippe Crabbé, we secured a NATO Advanced Science grant for a meeting in Budapest, Hungary, while in 1998, Colin Soskolne and Roberto Bertollini co-organized and hosted a meeting at the WHO in Rome, Italy. Since then we have grown to a group of over 250 independent researchers from diverse disciplines, including ecology, biology, philosophy, epidemiology, public health, ecological economics and international law, from a starting group of about 20 persons. Our group has a unique trans-disciplinary agenda today.

The history of the group's growth and development to the year 2000 is outlined in
Ecological Integrity: Integrating Environment, Conservation and Health, eds. David Pimentel, Laura Westra, and Reed Noss; Island Press, Washington, DC, 2000.

Since that time, we have (1) intensified our collaboration with the Earth Charter Initiative, beginning with a conference in San Jose, Costa Rica in 2000, and again in 2013; and (2) joined our yearly meetings to those of the Ethics Specialist Group (ESG) of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, under the leadership of Klaus Bosselmann, and founded by Ron Engel in 1984.

GEIG also works with The Biosphere Ethics Initiative of the
Center for Environmental Ethics and Law, coordinated by Kathryn Gwiazdon; the Earth Democracy Project, with the Ecological Law and Governance Association, coordinated by Klaus Bosselmann and Massimiliano Montini; and the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University, directed by John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker.
STEERING COMMITTEE
  1. LAURA WESTRA, FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
    LAURA WESTRA, FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
    Dr. Westra received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1983 and her second Ph.D. in Jurisprudence at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2005. She has served in numerous professional societies and on the Editorial Board of many philosophical and scientific journals. Most of her work is on environmental ethics, policy, and law, with emphasis on human rights and global justice. Dr. Westra has published more than 90 articles and chapters in books, and 38 books/monographs.
  2. KLAUS BOSSELMANN
    KLAUS BOSSELMANN
    Dr. Bosselmann, born in Germany, is Professor of Law and Director of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law at the University of Auckland. He has been a visiting professor at leading universities around the world, and has consulted the OECD, UNEP, EU, and the states of Germany and New Zealand. He has pioneered the field of ecological jurisprudence and sustainability law and has authored or edited over 25 books and 70 articles in academic journals.
  3. J. RONALD ENGEL, PAST MEMBER
    J. RONALD ENGEL, PAST MEMBER
    Dr. Engel is Professor Emeritus at the Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, Illinois. Ron helped pioneer the academic fields of environmental social ethics, history and theology. He also contributed to the foundations of the eco-justice movement within the inter-faith religious community. In 1984, he founded the Ethics Working Group of IUCN. Ron was also a core member of the drafting committee for the Earth Charter, is an elected member of the International Council of Environmental Law, and is Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Center for Environmental Ethics and Law. In addition to numerous essays in books and journals, Ron is the author of Sacred Sands: The Struggle for Community in the Indiana Dunes (1983), which won the Meltzer National Book Award; and co-editor of Ethics of Environment and Development: Global Challenge, International Response (1990), and The Earth Charter: A Framework for Global Governance (2010).

Our Steering Committee together at the 25th Anniversary Conference, June 2017