1st International Rights of Nature Tribunal – Quito

“We the people assume the authority to conduct an International Tribunal for the Rights of Nature. We will investigate cases of environmental destruction, which violate the Rights of Nature.”  Prosecutor for the Earth, Ramiro Avila declared during the opening of the world’s first Tribunal on the Rights of Nature and Mother Earth.  The Tribunal held its inaugural session on Friday January 17, 2014 in Quito, Ecuador.

Dr. Vandana Shiva, internationally renowned author, physicist and environmental activist presided over the historic Tribunal together with nine other distinguished judges from seven countries and five continents. Dr. Shiva presented the closing ruling to admit all the nine cases of alleged violations of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth, adopted in Cochabamba on April 20, 2010 and, for Ecuadorian cases, of the Ecuadorian Constitution. The Tribunal will be a permanent platform for hearing and judging cases from around the world.

In December 2014, the second International Rights of Nature Tribunal was convened in Lima, Peru parallel to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  The next Tribunal is scheduled for Paris, France December 4-5.

 Tribunal Judges

Dr.Vandana ShivaDr. Vandana Shiva, President
Navdana, India
Tom Goldtooth, Dine’/Dakota, Director, Indigenous Environmental Network, USA
Climate Change Case
Alberto Acosta, economist and former President of the Constituent Assembly, Ecuador
Yasuni ITT
Elsie Monge, human rights activist and president of CEDHU y FIDH, Ecuador
Tantoo Cardinal, actress (e.g., Dances with Wolves) from the Tar Sands of Canada
Hydraulic Fracking
Atossa Soltani, Director of Amazon Watch, USA
BP Oil Spill
Blanca Chancoso, Kichwa leader, Ecuador
GMOs and Transgenics
Julio César Trujillo, constitutional lawyer for Yasunidos, Ecuador
Cormac Cullinan, lawyer and author (Wild Law), Earth Democracy Coop, South Africa
Great Barrier Reef
Enrique Viale, environmental lawyer, Argentina

Prosecutor on Behalf of Mother Earth
and Tribunal Secretariat

Ramiro Avila Ramiro Avila, Prosecutor for the Earth
Natalia Greene, Secretariat,

Opening Expert Statements

Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca – Oklahoma USA Patricia Gualinga, Kichwa – Sarayaku, Ecuador

Case Presentations

British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill GMOs and TransgenicsGMO DNA
Climate Change
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Mirador Open Pit Mine
Defenders of Nature
Yasuni ITT Rights of Nature case
Hydraulic Fracking (USA)

Rights of Nature Press Conference – Quito 17 January 2014

View Videos of Press Conference

For a library of Articles submitted by Rights of Nature Summit and Tribunal Participants visit Rights of Nature Reference Articles

The story of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and the Ethics Tribunal.

Report from the Centre of the Earth ~ International Rights of Nature Tribunal

For videos of the Summit, visit2014 Global Rights of Nature Summit.Read more about the objectives and outcomes of the Summit at Global Rights of Nature Summit Outcomes.

For a simple primer on tribunals, visit People’s Tribunal versus Judicial Tribunal.
Many thanks to Silver Don Cameron and Chris Beckett of The Green Interview and to Siegmund Thies and Norie Huddle for video clips from the Summit and Tribunal!