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


Rights and Responsibilities in Relation to the Natural World; Reframing conceptions of justice 

Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 1:30pm

One of the most exciting innovations in environmental law and policy is the formal inclusion of nature in the panoply of rights. Of course, creating a legal space for nature is fraught with complications, especially where there are competing cultures that have different relationships with the natural world. Ecuador and New Zealand offer cardinal examples and highlight the difference between a legal world steeped in Anglo American traditions and one arising from the civil law tradition. How do these traditions compare? What opportunities does each system offer for resolving the complex problems this innovation presents? Do nature’s rights compete with or complement traditional human and indigenous rights?


David Cordero-Heredia

Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights Centre 

Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE)


Catherine Iorns

Professor of Law

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand


Willie James Jennings

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies
Yale Divinity School


Christian Espinosa Schatz

Ph.D. Candidate in the combined doctoral degree program between the School of the Environment and Department of Anthropology at Yale University