International networks

AELA contributes to the work of a range of international networks, forums and projects which work to build Earth centred law, governance and ethics. Please click on the links below for more information.

Earth Charter

AELA is an affiliate of the Earth Charter and promotes the adoption of, and adherence to, the Earth Charter across all aspects of our work. To read the Earth Charter please click here.

The Ecological Citizen

The Ecological Citizen is a peer-reviewed, free-to-access journal that provides an international forum for inspiring and mobilising discussion with an Earth-centred perspective.  It is published twice a year in association with Ecocentric Alliance,

AELA is a Friend of the Journal, and our National Convenor is on the Ecological Citizen Advisory Board.

Click here to visit the Ecological Citizen website.

Ecological Law and Governance Association

ELGA is a global network of academics, professionals and institutions, promoting ecologically-based law and governance. 

AELA is a member of the Steering Committee of the Network and contributes to its governance, strategic development and hosting of events.  

Click here for information about ELGA 

Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature

The Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN) is a network of more than 80 civil society organisations and individuals around the world, advocating for legal recognition of the rights of nature.  GARN is the founder of the International Rights of Nature Tribunal (see below).

AELA is a founding member of the Global Alliance and a member of the Executive Committee.  AELA also participates in a range of Global Alliance international working groups.

Click here for information about the work of the Global Alliance.

Click here for a summary of the ‘International Summit on the Rights of Nature’, held in Ecuador in January 2014.

Global Footprint Network

AELA is a Partner of the Global Footprint Network and an advocate for using the Ecological Footprint methodology to help us live within our ecological limits. 

click here to find out about the Ecological Footprint Network.

International Tribunal for the Rights of Nature and Mother Earth 

The International Tribunal for the Rights of Nature was created by the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature in January 2014.  The Tribunal has been created as a permanent tribunal and it will hear cases from around the world on an ongoing basis. The Tribunal provides a forum for justice for people from all around the world to give a voice to protest the destruction of the Earth – destruction that is often sanctioned by Governments and corporations.  The Tribunal hears cases and makes recommendations about Earth’s protection and restoration.

AELA is a founding member of the International Tribunal, assists with the hosting and management of Tribunal Hearings and is the founder of the Australian Chamber of the International Tribunal – the Peoples Tribunal for the Rights of Nature Australia.

Click here for information about the International Rights of Nature Tribunal.

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

AELA’s Board and National Convenor participate in IUCN activities through their membership of the IUCN’s World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), and by attending conferences and congresses hosted by the IUCN.  For information about the WCEL, please click here.

UN Harmony with Nature Knowledge Network

In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly adopted five resolutions on ‘Harmony with Nature’, as part of a paradigm shift towards creating Earth centred governance. The Harmony with Nature initiative is now a permanent project under the auspice of the UN.  For information about the Harmony with Nature initiative, please click here.

AELA is a member of and participant in the UN Harmony for Nature Knowledge Network – for information about the Knowledge Network, please click here.  

To read a short opinion piece about the Harmony with Nature Initiative written by our National Convenor, please click here

To visit the 2016 Virtual Dialogue on Earth Jurisprudence, which features submissions about Earth jurisprudence from experts from a range of disciplines , please click here.