Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

December 2, 2015

International Rights of Nature Tribunal Paris Dec. 4 -- 5, 2015

International Rights of Nature Tribunal

International Rights of Nature Tribunal – Paris

International Rights of Nature Tribunal

YES! We on for December 4 -5 in Paris at Maison des Métallos

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.Logo-RoNtribunal-fr  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. Logo-RoNtribunal-esThe 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 ofEnd Ecocide On EarthNature 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.


Register for International Rights of Nature Tribunal

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.


Date and Time

  • Friday 4 – Saturday 5 December 2015
  • 9:00am – 6:00pm each day (including an intermission)
International Rights of Nature Tribunal Agenda
  • Session 1 – Friday am
    • Opening Ceremonies
    • Climate Crimes Against Nature
  • Session 2 – Friday pm
    • Financialization of Nature/ REDD+
    • Agro-food Industry and GMOs Threat
    • Defenders of Mother Earth
    • Judges Statements
  • Session 3 – Saturday am
    • Hydraulic Fracturing “Fracking”
    • Mega Dams in the Amazon – Belo Monte & Tapajos
    • Presentation of New Cases: Corralejas Colombia, Victims of Mining de Rosia Montana, Tar Sands of Canada, International Ocean “management”
  • Session 4 – Saturday pm
    • Ecocide as a Crime at the International Criminal Court
    • Oil Exploitation Ecocides ~ Yasuni and Texaco/Chevron
    • Sentence Presentations ~ Great Barrier Reef and Yasuni ITT
    • Prosecutor’s Statement
    • Judges and President’s Final Statements
    • Closing Indigenous Song – Ta’kaiya Blaney


Among the esteemed panel of judges:
  • Cormac Cullinan, President; Author WildLaw: A Manifesto for Earth Justice (South Africa)
  • Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network (Turtle Island, USA)
  • Alberto Acosta, Economist and former President Ecuador Constitutional Assembly (Ecuador)
  • Osprey Orielle Lake, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (USA)
  • Nnimmo Bassey, Health of Mother Earth Foundation/Oilwatch (Nigeria)
  • Ruth Nyambura, African Biodiversity Network (Kenya)
  • Damien Short, University of London (United Kingdom)
  • Felício Pontes, Federal Prosecutor (Brazil)
  • Terisa Turner, professor Sociology and Anthropology, former UN Energy Specialist (Canada)
  • Atossa Soltani, Amazon Watch (USA)
  • Christophe Bonneuil, Historian of Sciences, Attac (France)
  • Philippe Desbroses, Honorary – 4 Dec, farmerscientist, writer (France)
  • Dominique Bourg, Honorary – 5 Dec, Professor Geosciences, University of Lausanne (Switzerland)

Among the Expert Witnesses and Case Presenters :

  • Pablo Solon, Fundacion Solon
  • Geneviève Azam, Attac France
  • Vandana Shiva, Navdanya
  • Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians
  • Shannon Biggs, Movement Rights
  • Bianca Jagger, Bianca Jagga Human Rights Foundation
  • Casey Camp-Horinek, Indigenous Environmental Network
  • Esperanza Martinez, Acción Ecologica
  • Patricia Gualinga, Kichwa of Sarayaku, Ecuador
  • Ninawa, Acre Brasil
  • Carlos Lareas, Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar
  • Kandi Mossett, Indigenous Environmental Network
  • 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

Secretariat Advisers

  • Edgardo Lander
  • Joan Martines Alier
  • Enrique Viale
  • Thomas Coutrot

Tribunal Venue in Paris


la maison des métallosMaison des Métallos
94 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris, France
 line 2 Stop: Couronnes
 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.

No comments: