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Should Rivers and Forests Have Legal Rights?

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Should Rivers and Forests have Legal Rights?

Please join us for presentations and discussion about Earth laws, the rights of nature and how best to protect our natural ecosystems.  This seminar is being co-hosted with Environmental Justice Australia and RMIT.


6pm to 8pm, Thursday 6 November

RMIT Building 13, Ethel Osborne Room (Room 13.3.9), Corner Russell and Victoria Streets, Melbourne

For a copy of the flyer and program, please click here.

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6.00     Introduction and welcome – Ariane Wilkinson, Environmental Justice Australia

6.15     Earth laws, rights of nature and legal personhood for ecosystems: global trends -  Michelle Maloney, National Convenor, Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA)

6.40     River rights and environmental governance in Victoria

  •   The law of places: reorganising water law and governance to bring people in – Bruce Lindsay, Environmental Justice Australia
  •   Can we have it all? Environmental water institutions and markets,
    water recovery and community engagement – 
    Erin O’Donnell, University of Melbourne
  •   Rivers first or last – how well do the Water Acts protect them? – Juliet Le FeuvreEnvironment Victoria

7.30     Facilitated discussions between speakers and participants  

8.00     Close

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