Human Rights & Nature’s Rights: Global Developments & Lessons for Australia

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Griffith University Webb Centre (S02), Level 7 Function Space

226 Grey Street

South Brisbane, QLD 4101

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EVENING SEMINAR: Human Rights and Nature’s Rights: Global Developments and Lessons for Australia

About this Event

Please join us for a fascinating evening seminar exploring the latest developments – and lessons to be learnt – in implementing human rights and nature’s rights. Co-hosted by AELA and the Griffith Law Futures Centre.

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Registration for this event is free, but bookings are essential for catering purposes.

GUEST SPEAKERS

Professor David Takacs, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco

Dr Kristen Lyons, University of Queensland & UQ Human Rights Consortium

Revel Pointon, Environmental Defender's Office Qld

Dr Michelle Maloney, Australian Earth Laws Alliance and Griffith University Law School

SEMINAR START TIME

Join us from 5.30-6.15pm for light refreshments

Seminar is from 6.30 to 7.30/8pm

VENUE DETAILS

Griffith University Southbank Campus,

Webb Centre Building, Level 7 Function Space (Building S02, Room 7.16/7.07),

226 Grey Street, Southbank, Brisbane

Map of Southbank buildings - https://www162.griffith.edu.au/public/campus-maps/building-locations-map-sbc.pdf

ABOUT THE SEMINAR

As Queensland begins grappling with how to implement its new Human Rights Act, some commentators are concerned about the absence of a right to a healthy environment in the legislation.

Around the world, a growing number of countries are recognising a human right to a healthy environment and some are even recognizing the rights of nature itself - to exist, regenerate and evolve. How are these different approaches to environmental care and custodianship developing and what lessons might be learnt for future law reform in Australia?

ISSUES COVERED IN THE SEMINAR INCLUDE:

* Professor David Takacs will discuss South Africa’s post-apartheid constitution, which states that “Everyone has the right to have access to sufficient food and water.” He explores South Africa’s revolutionary legal vision for marrying social equity to ecology in fulfilling the right to water.

* Dr Kristen Lyons will discuss her work in Uganda, which has exposed the limits of global responses to the challenge of climate change - including in particular the failure to consider the rights of people and nature. She explores how we need to ensure a focus on rights, within global responses to climate crisis.

* Revel Pointon will talk about the new Qld Human Rights Act, and how the absence of a right to a healthy environment will impede the implementation of human rights in Qld

* Dr Michelle Maloney will provide an overview of the growing movement to recognize the legal rights of nature to exist, including Rights of Nature laws in the USA, Ecuador, Bolivia and Uganda, and “legal personhood” laws in New Zealand, India, Colombia and Bangladesh.

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Griffith University Webb Centre (S02), Level 7 Function Space

226 Grey Street

South Brisbane, QLD 4101

Australia

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