The current ecological crisis requires that we transform our international and domestic legal systems to nurture, rather than allow the destruction of the Earth community.
The International Rights of Nature Tribunal will meet at Maison des Métallos in Paris on 4th and 5th of December, in conjunction with UN Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC COP21. The Tribunal is a unique, citizen-created initiative. It gives people from all around the world the opportunity to testify publicly as to the destruction of the Earth — destruction that governments and corporations not only allow, but in some cases encourage.
The Tribunal features internationally renowned lawyers and leaders for planetary justice, who will hear cases addressing issues such as climate change, GMOs, fracking, extractive industries and other environmental violations. The Tribunal will offer judgments and recommendations for the Earth’s protection and restoration based on the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth. Among other things, the Declaration binds us to respect the integrity of the vital ecological processes of the Earth. Accordingly, the Declaration also helps advance proposed amendments to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to recognize the crime of Ecocide.
The Tribunal is hosted by the Global Alliance for the Rights ofNature who holds the Secretariat and formal procedures for ongoing International Rights of Nature Tribunals. In Paris, the Global Alliance is honored to work in partnership with End Ecocide on Earth, and supported by NaturesRights and Attac France. The Tribunal has a strong focus on enabling indigenous peoples and local communities to share their unique concerns and solutions about land, water and culture with the global community.
Response to the Tribunal has been extraordinary. If you are not registered, we welcome you to come to the box office 15 minutes before any Tribunal session for open seating on an “as-available” basis; we are anticipating that seats will be available each session. Guests without a seat may also watch the Tribunal on a television in the overflow room and meet with participants during breaks.
Tantoo Cardinal, Actress, Activist, Tar Sands, Canada
Ivonne Yanez, Oilwatch, Ecuador
Valerie Cabanes, End Ecocide on Earth
Prosecutors for the Earth:
Ramiro Avila, Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar
Linda Sheehan, Earth Law Center
International Rights of Nature Tribunal Paris Secretariat:
Natalia Greene, Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature
Grant Wilson, Earth Law Center
Joan Martines Alier
Tribunal Venue in Paris
Maison des Métallos
94 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris, France
Mº line 2 Stop: Couronnes Mº line 3 Stop: Parmentier
Bus line 96
• Stop Maison des métallos (direction Gare Montparnasse)
• Stop Saint-Maur/Jean Aicard (direction Porte des Lilas)
Station Vélib (bicycles) nº 11032
Parking 11 rue des Trois Bornes, ouvert jusqu’à 21h
We extend a very special thank you ~ “Merci beaucoup” to Maison des Métallos for hosting the Paris Tribunal and generously providing an outstanding venue.
The Tribunal provides a systemic alternative to environmental protection, acknowledging that ecosystems have the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate their vital cycles, with legal standing in a court of law. The Tribunal has a strong focus on enabling Indigenous Peoples to share their unique concerns and solutions about land, water, air and culture with the global community.