‘Rights of Nature’ in the EU – Colliding Cosmovisions on Non/Human Relations

Breite Öffentlichkeit
19.11.2024 17:15 - 19:00

How are ‘rights of nature’ conceptualised in the proposed EU Charter on the Fundamental Rights of Nature, and how does this relate to Indigenous cosmovisions whom the experts invoke in their draft text? One the one hand, we find a relationality that focuses on entangled agencies between humans and non-humans. Embedded in particular Andean cosmologies that informed postcolonial, plurinational, and re-constitutional processes in Latin America, this relationality played a major role in advancing ‘rights of nature’ in Ecuador and Bolivia, which the EU experts take as examples when advocating for an EU Charter on Rights of Nature. On the other hand, we find a relationality that connects pre-existing human and non-human entities, aimed at enabling the former to better protect the latter. These different conceptualisations speak to distinct modes of living with non-humans, each inscribed in particular historical, cultural, and socio-political contexts. Both approaches open up opportunities but also warrant critical attention about inherent limitations of the ‘rights’ discourse now extended onto non-humans, and what this implies in terms of strategic legal and political organising to protect, care for, and repair anthropogenic harms rooted in structures of racial capitalism, neo-colonialism, and extractivism. Reckoning with these tensions and contradictions is key to make sense of the struggles behind ‘rights of nature’ today.
19.11.2024 17:15 - 19:00
Standort BQC 13
Avenue de Beauregard 13, 1700 Fribourg
Chaire de droit international public et de droit européen
Claudia Schneuwly
Avenue de Beauregard 13
1700 Fribourg
Vortragende / Mitwirkende
Dr Marie Petersmann, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, LSE Law School, London.