Australian Earth Laws Alliance

Rights of Nature Tribunal Australia

What if you could provide a unique forum for people in Australia to speak on behalf of the non-human world?

With your help, the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) can create a People's Tribunal for the Rights of Nature. The Tribunal will be a permanent civil society institution, to enable Australians to speak out about the destruction of the Earth community; 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 natural world. 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.


WE NEED YOUR HELP

Every day AELA works tirelessly to challenge the current destruction of the natural world and promote the understanding and practical implementation of Earth centred law, governance and ethics. And did you know, we're run entirely by volunteers?

Our Rights of Nature Tribunal is an important part of our work. It demonstrates how an Earth centred legal system can operate, and provides a unique, important space for people in Australia to speak on behalf of the non-human world. But we need your help to make it happen!

As an unfunded organisation, AELA's Tribunal wouldn't be possible without financial support from our amazing supporters - like you!

Will you consider making a donation today to support Australia's first Rights of Nature Tribunal?

Further information about AELA's Rights of Nature Tribunal can be found here. The Tribunal is being held at Banco Court, QEII Courts of Law Complex, 415 George St, Brisbane. Attendance is open to the public and you can book your place here.


HOW WILL THE FUNDS BE USED

Your donation will support the costs of enabling indigenous leaders, community members, activists and scientific experts to attend and speak at the Tribunal. It will also help us pay for costs associated with organising the event, including venue hire.

 

ABOUT THE RIGHTS OF NATURE TRIBUNAL

AELA is convening a one day Rights of Nature Citizen's Tribunal in Brisbane Saturday 22nd October 2016. 

This Tribunal will hear cases presented by citizens and Earth lawyers concerned about the destruction of ecosystems and the wider Earth community in Australia.

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. It will also advocate for the recognition of the rights of nature to exist, thrive and evolve.

Australia's Rights of Nature (RON) Tribunal is a Regional Chamber of the International Rights of Nature Tribunal.  Information about the International Tribunal can be found here. 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 participating. 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.


CASES TO BE HEARD AT THE RIGHTS OF NATURE TRIBUNAL AUSTRALIA

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

  • Mardoowarra/Fitzroy River vs the Federal and WA Governments
  • The Forests of Australia vs Federal and State Governments
  • Great Artesian Basin vs Unconventional Gas Industry and State Governments
  • Atmospheric Commons and Great Barrier Reef vs Federal Government


All the funds collected from our Appeal will directly support the Tribunal.


Further information about AELA's Rights of Nature Tribunal can be found here. The Tribunal is being held at Banco Court, QEII Courts of Law Complex, 415 George St, Brisbane. Attendance is open to the public and you can book your place here.

Contact Details

9 Hazlitt Street
BANYO QLD, 4014

Are donations tax deductible?

No

Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.