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Ecuadorians vote to halt oil drilling in biodiverse Amazonian national park

In a historic decision, Ecuadorians voted on Sunday to stop the oil drilling of the protected area within Yasuní National Park in the Amazon

August 23, 2023

Cormac Cullinan participates in online webinar on the Rights of Nature

On Wednesday 14 June, Cormac participated in the Daily Maverick's "should nature have rights?" webinar

June 21, 2023

Job opportunity: Programme Manager

WildLI is seeking a new Programme Manager to start in 2023.

Gathering for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN) in Siena, Italy

From 15-18 October 2022, Cormac and Katrina attended GARN's Global Gathering in Siena, Italy.

Ice Wide Shut: Inside the secretive world of the Antarctic Treaty (WEBINAR)

On 13 July 2022, Director Cormac Cullinan will join investigative journalist, Tiara Walters, and author, Mikaa Mered, as they shine a light on secretive world of the Antarctic Treaty.

Celebrate World Environment Day by joining the Rights of Nature movement

On 5 June 2022, the United Nations celebrates World Environment Day.

June 3, 2022

Harmonious Coexistence - A new vision for conservation in South Africa

On 28 April 2022, the Wild Law Institute hosted a workshop to chart a vision for Harmonious Coexistence in South Africa.

May 6, 2022

Ecuador becomes first country to give legal rights to animals

Ecuador court recognises individual rights of wild animals in woolly monkey case.

April 6, 2022

Wild Law Institute presents to the Climate Justice Charter Movement

Cormac Cullinan and Katrina Lehmann-Grube will be presenting on 5 April on why we need to move towards Harmonious Coexistence with Nature.

March 30, 2022

Jane Goodall speaks in support of the Los Cedros protected forest in Ecuador

The renowned ethologist and conservationist expresses solidarity with Rights of Nature in the wake of the landmark case.

December 21, 2021

Ecuador's Highest Court Enforces Constitutional ‘Rights of Nature’ to Safeguard Los Cedros Protected Forest

The judgement is of great significance for the Rights of Nature all around the world.

December 21, 2021

Wild Law Institute Director voices opposition to Shell seismic survey

Nonhle Mbuthuma, representing the Amadiba Crisis Committee, has strongly condemned the destructive activity.

December 14, 2021

Declaration for the Rights of Antarctica - join the movement

In celebration of World Antarctica Day on 1st December 2021, will be holding a webinar to introduce the drafting of a Declaration for the Rights of Antarctica.

November 24, 2021

Ecuador frog faces threat of extinction from mining project

Once thought to be extinct, the Longnose Harlequin Frog is now at the centre of a legal battle to stop a mining project in the Imbabura province in Ecuador.

November 24, 2021

Cormac Cullinan wins Eco-Leadership Award

On 4 November 2021, Cormac Cullinan received the Gold Eco-Leadership Award at the 2021 Eco-Logic Awards.

November 9, 2021

Toxic Mud in Mediterranean

The factory of Gardanne (Bouches du Rhône), is producing alumina or aluminum oxide, a material used to make electronic components, ceramics, and refractory material.

June 8, 2021

Rights of nature and future generations!

Earth Law Center and the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN) Youth Hub led two sessions on “Youth and the Rights of Nature Movement: shifting the paradigm for all future generations” at the first IUCN Global Youth Summit April 7-9.

July 15, 2021

Legal definition of ecocide as a crime against the planet

An international panel has decided on a legal definition for ecocide as a crime against humanity as a whole, but above all, against the planet.

June 25, 2021