International Rights of Nature Tribunal – Bonn

The Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN) will hold the International Rights of Nature Tribunal in Bonn, at the LVR Landesmuseum on the 7th and 8th of November 2017.  The Tribunal offers the opportunity to visualize a world in which law and authorities work in the side of Nature. It tests new legal concepts, the recognition of the Rights of Nature under the public law at the international and local level – based on the “Universal Declaration of the Rights of Nature” – which recognizes the rights of ecosystems to exist and the duty of humanity to respect the integrity of their life cycles.

Admission is free but reservations are required.  To book your seat visit: Bonn Tribunal Booking
To view International Rights of Nature Tribunal Agenda, click Bonn Tribunal Agenda or scroll down to find the Tribunal schedule below the Tribunal banner.

Tribunal Judges’ Bios

Tom BK Goldtooth, President of the Tribunal, Dine’/Dakota, United States is the Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, an international indigenous NGO based in Bemidji, Minnesota near the border of United States/Canada. A social change maker within the Native American community for over 36 years, has become an internationally renowned environmental, Climate and economic justice leader, working with many Indigenous People and social movements around the world. Tom co-produced the award-winning documentary, Drumbeat for Mother Earth, which addresses the effects of bio-accumulative chemicals on indigenous people. Co-founder of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature.

Shannon Biggs is the co-founder and Executive Director of Movement Rights, advancing legal rights for communities, indigenous peoples and ecosystems.  Working in California and with Native American tribes and allies nationally, Shannon assists communities to ban harmful projects by passing binding laws that assert the rights of communities and nature over corporate projects.  Internationally she is a recognized leader of the rights of nature/Mother Earth movement, a co-founder of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, and the co-author/editor of two books including “The Rights of Nature, Making the Case for the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Nature.”  Though Movement Rights she also leads trainings on community rights and rights of ecosystems throughout the US.  Previously she was a senior staffer at Global Exchange and the International Forum on Globalization. She holds a Masters of Science degree from the London School of Economics (LSE) in Economics — Politics of Empire.

Osprey Orielle Lake is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN). She works nationally and internationally with grassroots and Indigenous leaders, policy-makers and scientists to mobilize women for climate justice, resilient communities, systemic change and a just transition to a clean energy future. Osprey serves on the Executive Committee for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and is the visionary behind the International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit, which brought together 100 women leaders from around the world. She directs WECAN’s advocacy work in areas such as Women for Forests, Divestment/Investment, Indigenous Rights, Rights of Nature and United Nation Climate Conferences. Osprey is the author of the award-winning book, Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature.

Alberto Acosta. Ecuadorian economist. Before being appointed Minister of Energy and Mines he was a researcher at the Latin American Institute of Social Research (ILDIS). Former president of the Constitutional Assembly that recognized Rights of Nature in Ecuador. Former candidate for the Presidency of the Republic of Ecuador. College professor, lecturer and book author.

Cormac Cullinan is a director of the Wild Law Institute as well as of Cullinan & Associates Inc. a leading environmental law firm in Cape Town, and of the law and governance consultancy, EnAct International. He has drafted environmental laws, policies and strategies and advised on institutional reforms in more than 20 countries. Cormac’s ground-breaking book Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth Justice developed the Earth jurisprudence approach and helped inspire the growing global rights of Nature movement. Cormac led the drafting of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth, was one of the founders of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and was in 2008 was include in “Planet Savers: 301 Extraordinary Environmentalists” a book which profiles environmental champions throughout history.

Simona Fraudatario has worked with the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal since 2007 as coordinator of its processes, closely involved with the movements, associations and communities, as well as the international experts convened by the PPT. The Sessions she has coordinated were related to cases of severe violations of human rights caused by States and private actors, committed in Latin America, Asia and Europe. In particular, the cases of Colombia (2006-2008), Mexico (2011-2014), the case of the women working in the garment industry in Asia (2011-2014), and the case of the megaprojects implemented in Italy and Europe (2014-2015).  She has also coordinated the recent Session held in Malaysia on Myanmar States crimes committed against Rohingyas and other minority groups and she is currently involved in the Session launched in Barcelona last July on migrants and refugee peoples.Due to her activities and investigations, she participated in international conferences in Latin America and Europe.

Fernando “Pino” Solanas is a cinema director and Argentinian politician, currently National Senator for the City of Buenos Aires, after being elected in the 2013 legislative elections. He presides the Senate’s “Commission on Environment and Sustainable Development” As a Senator he promoted bills such as recognizing Nature as the subject of Rights and the prohibition of mega-mining activity. He has also stimulated debates within the National Congress on the issue of GMOs, fumigation, fracking, climate change, among others. His proposal focuses on the recovery of the natural resources of Argentina, the defense of Nature and the end of the negotiations of large companies of income, capital, mining, oil, etc. to make available to the national state those economic resources, redistributing them, to end poverty and indigence. He has also made a series of films related to natural resources and the defense of Nature. He was a presidential candidate of the Republic Argentina in the elections of 2007.


Bonn Rights of Nature Tribunal 2017

International Rights of Nature Tribunal Agenda

Day 1, 7 November 2017
1st Session

8h00 Registration
8h30 Opening Ceremony
9h00 Introductory Remarks
9h30 First Case
Climate Change and False Energy Solutions
Fracking, Coal and Nuclear
Consolidation of the fossil fuel industry in North America
11h00 Second Case
Financialization of Nature
12h00 Third Case
Water Rights
Overuse of the Aquifer in Almeria, Spain

2nd Session

14h30 Fourth Case
Defenders of Mother Earth
Indigenous Violations at Standing Rock, USA
Indigenous Violations in Russia
Indigenous Violations of Sami People, Sápmi (Scandinavia)
16h00 Fifth Case
Lignite Mining
Hambach Forest mining and deforestation
17h00 Judges’ statements from Day 1

Day 2, 8 November 2017
3rd Session

8h15 Registration
8h45 Welcoming and Overview
9h00 Sixth Case
Amazon Threats
The Amazon in Ecuador
The Amazon in Brazil
Tipnis Highway in Bolivia
Indigenous Violations in French Guyana
11h30 Seventh Case
International Trade
Implications of trade agreements on nature
12h30 Sentences and Tribunal Recommendations

4th Session

14h30 Rights of nature and Tribunal Teach-in

Movement Building
How to Bring Rights of Nature and a Tribunal to your home

Economics of Climate Change
Solutions for the Amazon and Leaving Oil in the Ground
19h00 Teach-In Closing
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