COP21 in Paris, Rights of Nature Tribunal


The Center's Director Sr. Pat Siemen, and Associate Director, Traci Deen, traveled to Paris to attend the International Rights of Nature Tribunal in December 2015, a conference parallel to the UN COP21. 

There, Sr. Pat Siemen had an opportunity to interview and speak with many leaders in the Rights of Nature movement. This powerful video, produced by Clement Guerra, showcases some of those interviews and the Tribunal itself.


What are those rights of nature? You should know. Aren’t you a part of her?

CEJ sits on the steering committee for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN) (, a network of individuals and organizations committed to creating human communities that respect and defend the rights of Nature.

The intent of the Tribunal is to provide systemic Rights of Nature based alternatives to the false solutions and failed negotiations of governing States. This “People’s Tribunal” provides a vehicle for reframing and adjudicating prominent environmental and social justice cases within the context of a Rights of Nature based earth jurisprudence. The adjudication process provides a platform for informed legal analysis of diverse cases based on Rights of Nature. With each case, the Tribunal will recommend actions for reparation, mitigation, restoration and prevention of further damages and harm.  The Tribunal provides a framework for educating civil society and governments on the fundamental tenets of Rights of Nature and an instrument for legal experts to examine constructs needed to more fully integrate Rights of Nature.