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Rights of Nature Tribunal - Australia

AELA is holding a People's Tribunal for the Rights of Nature in Brisbane on Saturday 22nd October 2016. 

Everyone is welcome to attend.  


Banco Court, QEII Courts of Law
415 George Street, Brisbane 


The Tribunal aims to provide a unique forum for people in Australia to speak on behalf of the non-human world, to challenge the current legal system’s failure to protect the health of our ecosystems and to highlight the role that the legal system, government agencies and corporations play in destroying the Earth community.  The Tribunal will make recommendations about law reform and restorative actions that need to happen to ensure the future protection of Australia’s precious ecosystems and wider Earth community.

Australia’s RON Tribunal is a Regional Chamber of the International Rights of Nature Tribunal.  Information about the International Tribunal can be found on this website:http://therightsofnature.org/rights-of-nature-tribunal/

The Tribunal will be run according to rules developed for RON Tribunals by the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature.  A panel of judges will hear the cases and make recommendations. Citizens, scientific experts and legal experts from around Australia will be invited to participate. As a citizen’s tribunal, the RON Tribunal is not a government endorsed activity nor do any of its activities, decisions or recommendations have the force of government-sanctioned law.


The Tribunal on 22nd October will hear preliminary cases from citizens and Earth lawyers, and consider admitting their cases to the Australian Tribunal for further deliberation during late 2016 and early 2017. The cases that the Tribunal will hear are as follows:

  • Mardoowarra/Fitzroy River (Western Australia) vs the Federal and WA Governments. This case will be presented by traditional custodians of the Mardoowarra/Fitzroy River and will include claims that the River must have its legal rights recognised, in accordance with the traditional custodians’ ‘first laws’ which respect the rights of nature.
  • The Forests of Australia vs Federal and State Governments. This case will be presented by forest protectors from Queensland, Western Australia and Northern NSW, challenging the legality of native logging across the continent.
  • The Great Artesian Basin vs Federal & State Governments and Coal Seam Gas Industry. This case will hear evidence from scientists, community members and civil society organisations such as Lock the Gate, about the contamination and depletion of Australia’s precious groundwater.
  • The Atmospheric Commons and Great Barrier Reef vs Australian Government and the Fossil Fuel Industry. This case will challenge Australia’s inaction on climate change and will feature some of Australia’s leading climate scientists and civil society climate advocates. The Tribunal will receive an update on the status of the Great Barrier Reef, which was the first case that Australia took to the International Rights of Nature Tribunal. Concerns for the Reef have heightened in light of the recent scientific evidence demonstrating the devastating bleaching of the reef.


$10 per person, for the whole day

Tribunal Secretariat
Australian Earth Laws Alliance

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