WELCOME TO
THE INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS OF NATURE TRIBUNAL

Concept

Rights of Nature is a new approach to environmental law, which views nature not as a series of resources that human beings can use, but as a living subject with its own interests and rights. 

Mission

To make the Rights of Nature an inextricable part of our legal system and society demonstrating how courts and judges should treat environmental cases through the Right of Nature Tribunals. 

Values

That the interests of nonhuman beings are of equal importance to human interests.That we as a society need a fundamental paradigm shift in how we relate to Nature.

We Care About Nature

The Tribunal aims to create a forum for people from all around the world to speak on behalf of nature, to protest the destruction of the Earth, destruction that is often sanctioned by governments and corporations, and to make recommendations about Earth’s protection and restoration.

The Tribunal also has a strong focus on enabling Indigenous Peoples to share their unique concerns and solutions about land, water, and culture with the global community.

OUR TRIBUNALS

“To facilitate their efforts, Rights of Nature (RoN) advocates Global alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN) created a new international governing institution: the International Tribunal for the Rights of Nature. The idea was inspired by the International War Crimes Tribunal and the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, established by citizens to investigate and publicize human rights violations.

Just as these tribunals provided social pressure to create and strengthen international Human Rights Law, the International Tribunal for the Rights of Nature is meant to foster international Rights of Nature law.” 

– CRAIG M. KAUFFMAN and PAMELA L. MARTIN

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OUR TRIBUNALS

CASES AROUND THE WORLD

ASSEMBLY OF JUDGES

From world-renowned philosophers and scientists to indigenous leaders, political organizers, and activists, the judges of the International Rights of Nature Tribunals have always represented some of the best and brightest of a community of people dedicated to giving nature a voice in both social and legal arenas.

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Global Impact

Click on the pictures to revisit the moments lived in several Rights of Nature Tribunals. 

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Volunteer Global Lawyers

If you want to join our team of volunteer lawyers for the Rights of Nature Tribunal please send your CV and a letter of intent.

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ENDORSE RoN TRIBUNAL

The Tribunal aims to create a forum for people from all around the world to speak on behalf of nature.

Statements

Read a couple of testimonies and statements from our distinguished participants.

Although the framework of the Rights of Nature is, among indigenous peoples and traditional cultures, everywhere, in our modern world there has been such repetition of the market economy and of our purpose on this world being, to be in search of jobs, and in search of a sacred market economy, so much so that we have forgotten, we don’t hear enough about these different frameworks.
Atossa Soltani
We find ourselves here today reflecting on the fact that we have violated the Rights of Nature. But the Rights of Nature are nothing in themselves. They are something that we see in Nature. The Rights of human beings, for that matter, are nothing in themselves. They are something that we accept and concede in order to coexist. The real issue is that we coexist with Nature, and the Rights of Nature appear because we care about this coexistence.
Humberto Maturana
Lithium Mining, or the “Mining of Water,” as it’s been called. They call it the Mining of Water because there’s no other commercial way to do it, other than by evaporating large quantities of water. And in Atacama you get this paradox, of the evaporation of thousands of litres of water, for lithium mining, in a desert, in one of the driest areas on earth. It truly is a sacrifice zone. And in this case, a sacrifice, it would seem, on the altar of the energy exchange of the Global North.
Enrique Viale

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