Draft Programme 

10.15am-10.45am Registration, Tea and Coffee 

10.45am Introduction – Shehana Gomez Wild Law SIG co-convenor, solicitor (non-practising) 


11am – 12pm Panel One: Legal Strategies for Implementing Wild Law – Rights for Nature and the Public Trust Doctrine                                     

Chair: Sir Crispin Agnew QC UKELA Patron 

i)  Emma Bean - Non-Practising Solicitor and Doctoral Student, University of the West of England & Natasha Bradshaw - Coastal Governance Practitioner and Doctoral Student, University of the West of England:  The Public Trust Doctrine: Bringing it Back Home    

ii)  Rónán Kennedy – Lecturer, School of Law, National University of Ireland Galway:   How to Represent Natural Objects and Creatures   

iii)  Alex May – postgraduate researcher, UCL: Wild Law and Human Rights - Cross-Pollination  

Q & A session   

12pm – 1pm  Panel Two: Rights of Nature Case Studies Part 1                                   

Chair: Shehana Gomez 

I) Mumta Ito – Lawyer, Founder and President, Nature’s Rights:  Rights for the River Frome  (video presentation)

ii) Lisa Mead – Earth Law Alliance and Ecological Law and Governance Association:  Applying the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth to make the case for nature at the People's Permanent Tribunal on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change  

iii) Colin Robertson – Scottish Lawyer, EU Lawyer-Linguist (retired) and UN Harmony with Nature Expert:  Wild Law and Legal Personality for Nature: What Lessons from New Zealand Legislation?  

Q & A session 

1pm-2pm  Lunch     

2pm-3.20pm Panel 3: Avenues for Ecological Governance                                  

Chair: Dr Jean Chamel Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris

i)  Michele Perrin-Taillat – Linguist and Semiotician, UN Harmony with Nature Expert, Wild Law SIG Co-Convenor:  Rights to Property and Rights of Nature  

 ii) Mothiur Rahman – Founder of New Economy Law (NEL): Community Charters, Commoning and Ecological Inhabitation 

 iii) Dr Helen Dancer – Lecturer, University of Sussex:  Wild Law and Legal Pluralism: Conversations on Sustainable Development  

iv) Dr Margherita Pieraccini – Reader in Law, University of Bristol:  Towards a theory of Just Resilience: Representing new constituencies in Environmental Governance           

Q & A  session 

3.20pm-3.45pm Tea break

3.45pm-4.30pm Panel 4 Rights of Nature Case Studies Part 2 - South America

Chair: Mothiur Rahman

Mari Margil - Associate Director, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, USA: Ecuador's Constitution Ten Years On

(By video link) 

Cesar Rodriguez Garavito - DeJusticia, Bogota, Colombia: The Colombian Supreme Court Recognises Rights for the Amazon

(By video link)

Followed by Q & A

4.30pm - 5pm Closing Plenary Session

Chair: Sir Crispin Agnew QC       

** Conference Close **     

UKELA reserves the right to amend the programme at any time