Rights of Nature in Australia, 2018

The Australian Earth Laws Alliance is hosting a number of fantastic, connected Rights of Nature events in Australia in late October 2018. Everyone’s invited to participate!

RONA18 National Art Exhibition, 22-28 October 2018

The RONA18 National Art Exhibition is being held at the Spring Hill Reservoirs from 22-28 October and is expected to have an audience of more than 500 people over the weekThe exhibition will feature Brisbane-based artists such as photographer Marian Drew, Jude Roberts and Renata Buziak, and others from around Australia.

The goal of the RONA18 National Exhibition is to invite artists to reflect on their own relationship with the living world, and connect with the themes of this year’s Peoples Tribunal for the Rights of Nature, which is looking at ecologically sustainable food systems in Australia. The art exhibition will offer an innovative, immersive experience, as people go down into the Spring Hill Reservoir and engage with sound, vision and performances, that explore human relationships with the living world.

RONA18 Conference – 25-26 October 2018

On Thursday 25th and Friday 26th October, AELA is hosting an International Symposium called "Exploring our legal relationship with the living world: Caring for Country, Rights of Nature and Legal Personhood for Nature"”. The conference features international and national keynote speakers from the judiciary, legal profession, academia and First Nations communities. Speakers include the following:

  • The Hon. Justice Brian Preston - Chief Judge of the NSW Land and Environment Court
  • Associate Adjunct Professor Mary Graham - University of Queensland and Kombu-merri First Nations Peoples
  • Professor Irene Watson - Professor of Law and Pro Vice Chancellor Aboriginal Leadership and Strategy, , University of South Australia Business School. Professor Watson belongs to the Tanganekald, Meintangk Boandik First Nations Peoples, of the Coorong and the south east of South Australia (via internet)
  • Cormac Cullinan - South African Lawyer and author of Wild Law
  • Professor Klaus Bosselmann - University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Professor Jacinta Ruru - Otago University Law School and Co-Director of Nga Pae o te Maramatanga, New Zealand's Maori Centre of Research Excellence.  Jacinta is Māori, of Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui and Ngāti Maniapoto descent.
  • Mari Margil, Attorney and International Programs, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) - via internet
  • Dr Anne Poelina - is the Managing Director of Madjulla Inc.; a Nyikina Traditional Custodian from the Mardoowarra, Lower Fitzroy River in the West Kimberley region of Western Australia; and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with Notre Dame University
  • Hugo Ivan Echeverria - Lawyer, Ecuador
  • Dr Virginia Marshall, Australian National University and author of "Overturning Aqua Nullius"
  • Lisa Mead - Earth Law Alliance, United Kingdom
  • Dr Geoff Garver - McGill University, Canada
  • Ross Williams - Bindal/Juru First Nations Peoples
  • Dr Erin O’Donnell - Melbourne Law School, Australia
  • Valentine Nona - Djiru First Nations Peoples

RONA18 Community Workshop – 24 October

The day before the International Symposium, AELA is hosting a free workshop for the growing number of community organisations around Australia who are interested in the innovative legal approaches being used in New Zealand, the USA, Ecuador, Bolivia, India and Colombia.  These legal approaches are transforming the way that people are thinking about and managing the environment. Community representatives are attending from Brisbane, North Queensland, Northern NSW, the Blue Mountains, Hobart, Margaret River (WA), Lake Tyers (Victoria), Bathurst and other places around Australia. 

The Peoples Tribunal for the Rights of Nature – 27 October

This Peoples Tribunal is exploring how food systems in Australia can be designed to support biodiversity and soil health in Australia. The Tribunal is a civil society event, that aims to demonstrate how alternative legal and governance approaches can be used to support a long term, sustainable society and economy in Australia.

For more information, visit the Rights of Nature Australia, Peoples Tribunal website.

For further information about any of the upcoming RONA18 events, please contact: convenor@earthlaws.org.au