Rights of Nature in Australia, 2018

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

 25 - 26th October 2018  – International Symposium:
"Exploring our legal relationship with the living world: Caring for Country, Rights of Nature and Legal Personhood for Nature"

We have amazing speakers from around the world including: Cormac Cullinan (South Africa), Klaus Bosselmann (NZ), Jacinta Ruru (NZ), Lisa Mead (UK), Hugo Echeverria (Ecuador) and speakers from Colombia and India.  Australian speakers include First Nations Peoples from around the country, including Mary Graham, Virginia Marshall, Ross Williams and Valentine Nona; The Hon. Justice Brian Preston, Chief Judge of the NSW Land and Environment Court, Preston, Dr Michelle Maloney, AELA and many others.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS for the International Symposium is open until 18th May 2018 – please read the information about how you can submit a proposal and contribute to the event.

 27th October 2018 Rights of Nature Australia (RONA) Peoples’ Tribunal

1 Day Hearing.  The RONA Tribunal is a Regional Chamber of the International Rights of Nature Tribunal.  A one day hearing will be held in Brisbane, at the Banco Court, Supreme Court Complex, Brisbane.  The Tribunal will focus on food systems in Australia, and will feature First Nations Peoples, scientists, lawyers and community groups.  For more details click here.

 22 - 28th October RONA18 – Australia’s Bi-Annual Arts Celebration of the Rights of Nature

RONA18 is AELA’s major Earth Arts Program this year, and has been designed to promote cultural engagement with the Rights of Nature movement, and to celebrate the Rights of Nature Australia (RONA) Peoples Tribunal, which is being held on Saturday 27th October 2018 in Brisbane.  AELA’s intention is to blend the creative re-interpretation of environmental governance with cultural responses to the rights of the natural world to exist, thrive and evolve.

Find out more about RONA18 here:

  • National Exhibition – 22-28th October, Spring Hill Reservoirs, Brisbane
  • Regional Responses will be hosted throughout Australia, during October
  • RONA18 Virtual Gallery - International artists and creatives can join the celebration by sharing your work on AELA’s “Virtual Gallery” – find out more here.