Dutch launch: Compendium Rights of Nature @ Framer Framed

The Embassy of the North Sea and Framer Framed cordially invite you to the event Rights of Nature in Europe, on the occasion of the launch of the Dutch edition of the Compendium Rights of Nature — Case studies from six continents. The programme takes place on Wednesday 2 February from 2 – 4 pm in Framer Framed in Amsterdam-Oost.

The Embassy of the North Sea commissioned Laura Burgers and Jessica den Outer – both experts in the field of nature rights – to author this compendium. Worldwide, an increasing number of natural entities – forests, rivers, mountains, even Mother Earth herself – are being recognized as so-called legal persons. In this legal revolution, nature is no longer seen as an object to be used and discarded, but rather as a subject with intrinsic value and, importantly, legally enforceable rights. In the publication, the authors analyze some examples per continent of how the rights of nature have been recognized within the specific context, as well as their current implementation and enforcement. The English edition of the Compendium was presented on September 23 in Venice, Ocean Space. Read more here..

Rights of Nature in Europe – February 2, 2022

The rights of nature have a symbolic value: they reflect a holistic world, in which humans and non-humans are seen as intrinsically linked and interdependent. This vision forms part of the philosophy of many indigenous cultures. In Europe there are several initiatives of rights of nature, but legal personality has never been granted. During the meeting on February 2, we will discuss with lawyers, nature organizations and initiatives whether and how we can translate the recognition of rights of nature to the Western (legal) system.

Speakers & guests

Speakers include, next to Dr. Laura Burgers and Jessica den Outer:

— Dr. Daphina Misiedjan (Lawyer and Researcher), she will interview professor Teresa Vicente Giménez (Philosophy of Law) about the ILP to grant legal personality to the Mar Menor lagoon.

Joost Ossevoort (Waterschap de Dommel); professor Marleen van Rijswick (European and Dutch Water Law), Emilie Reuchlin (North Sea expert) and Jan van de Venis (Human Rights Lawyer) about rights of nature in the Netherlands.

The first copies of the publication will be handed out to Indian lawyer and activist Radha D’Souza and Special Envoy for International Water Affairs Henk Ovink.

The meeting will take place in the Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes in Framer Framed (25/09 – 13/02/2022), a collaboration between Indian academic, writer, lawyer and activist Radha D’Souza and Dutch artist Jonas Staal, commissioned and developed by Framer Framed. The project consists of a large-scale installation in the form of a tribunal that prosecutes intergenerational climate crimes.

Info & tickets

Admission: free; Language: mixed Dutch/ English. The event can be visited live and also online via livestream.

To register via Eventbrite, click here.

To join online through livestream, click here.

Wednesday 2 februari 2022, 14.00 – 16.00

Framer Framed, Oranje-Vrijstaatkade 71, Amsterdam