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Rights of Nature: International Symposium

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The 21st Century has seen the rise of laws that recognise nature as having its own legal rights. This is a radical shift for western legal systems, that typically treat nature as merely being human property.  Laws have now been created in more than a dozen countries, that recognise that nature is not just human property, but a living community

that deserves the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate vital cycles.

Join us for an update about this fascinating and fast moving area of law, with expert speakers from around the world.  We'll provide an introduction to the key concepts about Rights of Nature, as well as updates about how rights of nature laws are being implemented in different cultures, using very different legal tools and approaches.

Our symposium will provide an important update about developments in the creation and implementation, of rights of nature laws and policies, from Ecuador, Colombia, the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.


  • Natalia Greene, Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN)
  • Mari Margil, Center for Community and Nature's Rights (CDER)
  • Shrishtee Bajpai, Kalpavriksh Environmental Group, India
  • Grant Wilson, Earth Laws Center (ELC)
  • Osprey Orielle Lake, Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International
  • Margaret Stewart, Center for Earth Jurisprudence
  • Shannon Biggs, Movement Rights
  • Erin O'Donnell, Birrarung Council and Melbourne University, Australia
  • Michelle Maloney, Australian Earth Laws Alliance


The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) is hosting a huge month of events throughout September - webinars, public lectures, workshops, virtual art exhibitions and more - to explore and celebrate our relationship with the living world. To find out about all our events, please visit:


The Australian Earth Laws Alliance is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to creating Earth-centred systems change, by increasing the understanding and practical implementation of Earth-centred governance. Our programs include a focus on law, economics, education, ethics, Indigenous knowledge systems and the arts.

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