International Law and Human Rights Unit

The Rights of Nature and Indigenous Peoples

5:30pm - 6:30pm / Thursday 9th March 2023
Type: Lecture / Category: Department
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This presentation will endeavour to explore and analyse a complex and a multifaceted question of the rights of nature and the role of Indigenous peoples in the creating, shaping, and defining of such rights. This perplexing question has legal and philosophical dimensions, which is multi-layered and not easily resolved. The issue has become particularly topical in light of the Decision of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted on the 19th December 2022, so-called the ‘Kunming –Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework for the CBD according express rights to nature.

Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice holds a chair of public international law at the Department of Law, Queen Mary University of London. Since 2019 she has been elected an Associate Member of the Institue de Droit International and in 2021 she was awarded the Doctorate Honoris Causa of the University of Neuchâtel. She specialises in international environmental law; the law of treaties; and indigenous peoples. She publishes widely on these subjects. he has delivered a lecture on the International Protection of the Environment at the The Hague Academy of International Law. Professor Fitzmaurice was invited as a Visiting Professor to and lectured at various universities, such Berkeley Law School; University of Kobe; Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I). She is the Editor in Chief of International Community Law Review journal and of the book series published by Brill/Nijhoff Queen Mary Studies in International Law.