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In October 2020, the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) is hosting Rights of Nature Australia 2020 (RONA2020), a series of connected events that explore and promote the rights of nature to exist, thrive and evolve.


AELA runs conferences, workshops, seminars and training opportunities for people around Australia to achieve the goal of increasing the understanding and practical implementation of Earth centred law, governance, economics and ethics.

Future Dreaming

Our program ‘Future Dreaming’ aims to offer a space for non-Indigenous and Indigenous people to work together, as equal partners, in a respectful spirit of cross cultural learning and sharing.

Australian Centre for the Rights of Nature

The Australian Centre for the Rights of Nature provides information about the international Rights of Nature movement and to work with communities in Australia, to explore how changing the legal status of nature can help people protect the ecosystems most precious to them.

Australian Peoples’ Tribunal for Community and Nature’s Rights

The Australian Peoples’ Tribunal (APT) for Community and Nature’s Rights is a permanent civil society institution and unique forum for ecological and social justice in Australia.


‘One Ocean’ Symposium, 24 August 2019, New York, NY USA

Please join us for thought-provoking presentations and discussions with delegates, academics, policy makers and NGOs, exploring key issues for the United Nations’ proposed treaty on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).

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Wild Law: the Theory & Practice of Earth Jurisprudence, 7-13 November 2019, Brisbane

AELA is pleased to be running its annual, 5 day intensive course about Wild Law, Earth jurisprudence and the Rights of Nature, at the GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL, Nathan Campus.

Over five days, students will engage with topics including:

  • Earth jurisprudence and ecological law
  • An introduction to the laws and Earth centred culture of first Nations Peoples, provided by First Nations guest speakers – Mary Graham and Ross Williams
  • Earth centred critiques of nature as property and the commodification of nature
  • Rights of Nature legislation and cases around the world
  • Laws that recognise the sentience and rights of animals
  • Environmental crime and Ecocide
  • Environmental constitutionalism
  • Law of the commons
  • Law and governance to address climate change and living within our ecological limits, including bioregional governance and regulating consumption

This course will enable students to analyse and critique the current legal system and design new approaches to law and governance in the 21st Century.

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Peace and Stability Dialogue Series: Symposium – 21st November 2019

Researchers, thinkers and educators are invited to connect with our innovative Peace and Stability Dialogue Series (Dialogue Series), which will offer a long-term space for exploring knowledge systems, governance and the future of our relationship with land in Australia.
Participation is free of charge, but bookings are essential.

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Building Earth Ethics in Australia: Pathways and Challenges

28 – 29 November 2019, Melbourne

Join us for a thought-provoking two-day conference that will bring people together from a range of fields – including earth ethics, environmental education, Indigenous knowledge systems, environmental psychology, deep ecology, arts, law, science, business, religion and eco-spirituality – to address our central questions:

  • How do we build Earth-centred ethics in Australia?
  • What barriers prevent people from developing and maintaining an Earth-centred world view?
  • How do we address these barriers?

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Stygofauna Nests - Jude Roberts & Helen Hardess

AELA Earth Arts 2019

This year, the Earth Arts Collective will be hosting workshops, talks and discussions, and preparing for our biannual Rights of Nature arts exhibitions and events next year – RONA2020.

To stay up to date with developments, please sign up to our Earth Arts newsletter and visit our Earth Arts website.

Featured Image: Stygofauna Nests – Jude Roberts and Helen Hardess, members of the AELA Earth Arts Collective

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