November 14-15, 2020

Negotiating Institutional Transformation: International and Comparative Approaches to Justice in Environmental Protection

Supported by The Graciela Chichilnisky Environmental Fund
in Honor of Natasha Chichilnisky-Heal

Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 10:00am

Justice Benjamin and Professor Brownell, each of who has deep experience in environmental and human rights NGOs, will discuss how NGOs function in the contentious arena of human rights and the environment. NGOs are an expression of civil society and play an institutional role in the formal consideration of human rights norms. However, because they are outside of the formal structure of politics, they often represent a threat to state hegemony. NGOs remain subject to the discipline of state power, even as they challenge its authority. This tension creates a variety of challenges but also opportunities for concerted action and resistance.

Presenter

Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin

Justice

National High Court of Brazil (STJ)

Presenter

Alfred Brownell

Executive Director, Green Advocates; Tom & Andi Bernstein Visiting Human Rights Fellow Yale Law School

Discussant

Jim Silk

Binger Clinical Professor of Human Rights; Director, Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic; and Director, Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights

Discussant

Tim Hirschel-Burns

Tim Hirschel-Burns

J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School