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Upcoming Events of ELGA and Like-Minded Organisations

ELGA's Launch in Australia, Weds 24th October, 2018: 6pm – 8pm, Brisbane, Australia

Join members of the ELGA Steering Committee for a special evening event launching ELGA in Australia.  The ELGA launch will be taking place at the opening night of the AELA Earth Arts Exhibition, Spring Hill Reservoirs Gallery in Brisbane. Join us for drinks, canapés and presentations by Klaus Bosselmann, Cormac Cullinan, Geoff Garver, Katy Gwiazdon and Michelle Maloney.

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International Symposium: Exploring our legal relationship with the living world, 25th-26th October 2018, Brisbane, Australia

Co-hosted by the Australian Earth Laws Alliance and ELGA, this 2-day symposium considers recent developments in ‘rights of nature’ and ‘legal personhood’ laws, and examines whether they are capable of transforming industrial societies and their legal relationships with the living world. The call for papers is now closed.

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Legal Developments in the Rights of Nature: Online Seminar for Legal Professionals, 15th November 2018, 9am PST

About the Seminar: The Ethics Specialist Group of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law and Earth Law Center present a 90-minute seminar on legal developments in the field of rights of nature, with an emphasis on educating law students and legal professionals.

The growing rights of nature movement seeks to shift our human-centered legal system to one that represents all life on Earth. It posits that ecosystems possess inherent rights to exist, thrive and evolve, and that nature should have standing to defend its rights in court.

Ecuador and Bolivia recognize nature’s rights nationally, as do dozens of communities in the United States. In the last few years, rivers in Colombia and New Zealand have gained permanent legal rights, as has the entire Colombian Amazon. The seminar will delve into the implications of these and other developments and provide attendees with practical knowledge on the rights of nature.

For more information, please contact:

Grant Wilson
Directing Attorney, Earth Law Center
Member, World Commission on Environmental

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018

Time: 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern, 5pm Nigeria, 6pm France

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Telephone: Numbers available at

Meeting ID: 248 547 010

Past ELGA Events

Seminar on Human Rights and Rights of Nature

Seminar on Human Rights and Rights of Nature at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Florianopolis, Brazil on 15th September 2017.

Read more about the seminar
ELGA's European Launch

The official launch of the Ecological Law and Governance Association took place in Siena, Italy, on 13th October 2017. 

Read more about the launch meeting
From Environmental to Ecological Law: An Anthropocene Challenge

Joint ELGA/Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) Workshop at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, October 17-18, 2017

Read more about the workshop and access event videos here
ELGA at the VII Congress of the International Network on Latin American New Constitutionalism

The Seventh Annual Meeting of the International Network on the Latin American New Constitutionalism was held in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil from 26 – 29 November 2017. 

Read more about the congress