Does Nature Have Rights?

September 7, 2022 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Promise Institute for Human Rights: Inter-American Human Rights System Series

As the climate crisis intensifies, the concept that nature has rights is gaining both political and legal ground. Indigenous traditions do not separate humans from other living elements of our shared planet, and this philosophical approach has influenced advances in both constitutional and human rights law.

Join us for a discussion on the rights of nature, the role of Indigenous philosophies in the movement, and relevant legal developments across the Americas.


  • Carlos Andrês Baquero-Díaz, New York University School of Law, formerly Dejusticia
  • Antonette Cordero (Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation), Environmental Law Clinic at University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • David Cordero-Heredia, Associate Professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (on leave), Visiting Fellow of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program at Cornell University

Moderation by Kate Mackintosh, Promise Institute Executive Director

RSVP here to join virtually (Zoom) or in-person (UCLA School of Law, Room 1420)

*This hybrid event features lunch for those attending in-person. Please indicate which form your attendance will take when registering!*

Co-sponsored by Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment and International Human Rights Law Association