1st U.S. Rights of Nature Symposium

Conference Program

Rights of Nature Symposium

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
October 27, 2017

The Symposium Program will include leading experts, lawyers, and activists from Ecuador, Australia, Nepal, the United States, and elsewhere, and will also include speakers representing local communities and indigenous peoples.

Below is information about the Symposium Program. Learn more about how to register for the Symposium, presenterskey conference information, livestreaming, and more!

Please note all times are Central Daylight Time in the United States.

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.


9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Introduction: Mari Margil, CELDF
Introduction: Professor Oliver Houck, Tulane Law School
Welcome: Dean David Meyer, Tulane Law School

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Panel: Limitations of Conventional Environmental Law

Thomas Linzey, CELDF (moderator)
Professor Oliver Houck, Tulane Law School
Michelle Maloney, Australia Earth Laws Alliance
Richard Mott, Wallace Global Fund
Ryan Talbott, Allegheny Defense Project
Tammy Belinsky, Environmental Law Group

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Keynote: Karenna Gore, Center for Earth Ethics
Introduction: Marion Gilliam, Myrin Institute

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Panel: Recognizing the Rights of Nature in Law
Mari Margil, CELDF (moderator)

International Perspective:
Natalia Greene, Pachamama Alliance, Ecuador
Shrawan Sharma, Center for Economic and Social Development, Nepal
Pella Thiel, Rights of Nature Sweden

United States Perspective:
Supervisor Stacy Long, Grant Township, Pennsylvania
Ben Price, CELDF
Shannon Biggs, Movement Rights

Indigenous Perspective:
Bill Greendeer, Ho-Chunk Nation
Casey Camp Horinek, Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma
Deon Ben, Navajo Nation, Grand Canyon Trust

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Panel: Defending and Enforcing the Rights of Nature

Thomas Linzey, CELDF (moderator)
Hugo Echeverria, Ecuador
Francisco Bustamante, Ecuador
Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin, CELDF
Jason Flores-Williams, JFW Law, Colorado

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Keynote: Winona LaDuke, White Earth Land Recovery Project
Introduction: Richard Mott, Wallace Global Fund