Â Â The third International Rights of Nature Tribunal was held concurrently with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) in Paris, France.
Â Â Hosted by the Global Alliance of the Rights of Nature in partnership with End Ecocide on Earth, NatureRights & Attac France, the panel of judges consisting of internationally renowned lawyers and leaders for planetary justice heard evidence and pronounced judgments.
Â Â This video documentation covers 3 cases ofÂ oil extraction in Nigeria, Canada and Ecuador.
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
Presenters and testimonies on oil extraction:
Godwin Ojo, (Environmental Rights Action (ERA)/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, Niger Delta Shell)
Eriel Deranger, (Athabascan Chippewyan - Oil Sands Canada)
Valerie Cabanes (End Ecocide on Earth, France) - Recognizing ecocide in international criminal law
Carlos Larrea (Andina SimĂłn Bolivar University, Ecuador)
Esperanza Martinez (AcciĂłn Ecologica, Oilwatch - Keep Oil Underground, Acuador)
JosĂ© Gualinga (Sarayaku)
Pablo Fajardo (Lawyer, UDAPT - Union de afectados por Texaco)
Humberto Piaguaje (UDAPT - Union de afectados por Texaco)
Musical message by
Ta'kaiya Blaney from the Tla'Amin First Nation in British Columbia
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, Political ecologist, African Ecofeminists Collective (Kenya) Damien Short, University of London (United Kingdom) FelĂcio 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, farmer, scientist, writer (France) Dominique Bourg, Honorary - 5 Dec, Professor Geosciences, University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
Prosecutors for the Earth:
Ramiro Avila, Universidad Andina SimĂłn Bolivar Linda Sheehan, Earth Law Center
International Rights of Nature Tribunal Paris Secretariat:
Natalia Greene, Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature