Rights of Nature against whom? | 17.-19. Juli 2024

Obstacles and Problems with the Implementation of the Rights of Nature
Workshop in the context of the research project "Nature as a legal entity"
17.07.2024 - 19.07.2024 in Kassel

As part of the research project "Nature as a legal entity", the workshop entitled "Rights of Nature against whom? Obstacles and problems in the implementation of the rights of nature". The two days of the workshop will begin with a public panel discussion in the Gießhaus followed by a reception. Starting from the philosophical foundations and broader perspectives, through to the conflicts over natural resources and concrete contexts, applications and problems, the aim is to encourage exchange and discussion among the participants.


Mönchebergstraße 5
34127 Kassel

Senate Hall
Mönchebergstraße 3 (3rd floor, Engineering II)
34109 Kassel


Image: Fiona Körner

Workshop registration

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please write to janina.reimann[at]uni-kassel.de. Places are limited and it is "first come, first serve".

Pitch Session

A pitch session is planned in the program on 18.07.2024 from 17:00 to 18:00. Here you have the opportunity to present the topic of your research in 3 minutes (max. 2 slides), which is related to the workshop topic, in order to enable an exchange and discussions about it during the workshop days. If you want to present your research, please mention when registering.


Wednesday, July 17

01:00 - 03:00 pm

Social Event (voluntary and after announcement)

06:00 - 22:00 pm

Panel discussion and reception

Location: Gießhaus

Thursday, July 18

Location: Senate Hall

09:00 - 09:15 am



First session: Philosophical foundations

09:15 - 10:45 am

  • Dr. Camilla Haake, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights: "Nature [...] is always right, [...]." - On coexistence, compatibility and cooperation of "rights of nature" and human rights
  • Dr. Matthias Kramm, Wageningen University & Research: Decolonizing Rights of Nature?
  • Dr. Stefan Knauß, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg: (Un)common grounds for Rights of Nature - philosophical reflections on Obstacles and Problems with the Implementation of the Rights of Nature

    Comment: t. b. a.

10:45 - 11:00 am



Second session: Broader perspectives

  • Dr. Romy Klimke, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg:
    Rights of Nature at the gates of private property
  • Thiago Burckhart, University of Rome Unitelma Sapienza: Enforcing the Rights of Nature in the Global South: comparing the experiences of Ecuador, Bolivia and Colombia
  • Prof. Dr. Bertram Lomfeld, Free University of Berlin:
    Reflexive Rights of Nature as Balancing Structure
  • María José Narváez Alvarez, Ecuadorian Constitutional Court: Criterios de la racionalidad ambiental para la realización de los derechos de la naturaleza en la jurisprudencia de la tierra

    Comment: t. b. a.

12:30 am - 01:30 pm

Lunch Break


Third Session: Natural Resources

01:30 - 03:00 pm

  • Helen Arling, University of Trier:
    Tensions between international rights of nature and the principle of permanent sovereignty over natural resources
  • Prof. Dr. Alex Iván Valle Franco, Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales (IAEN) Quito: Los bienes comunes y la naturaleza con derechos
  • Prof. Dr. Franziska Müller/Johanna Tunn, University of Hamburg: Ecological rights struggles in the age of the Anthropocene: What rights for the deep seabed?

Comment: t. b. a.

03:00 - 03:30 pm



Fourth Session: Case Studies I

  • Jennifer Held, University of Kassel:
    Consideration of the final report of the Colombian Truth Commission from a discourse linguistic perspective

  • Viviana Lizeth Morales Naranjo, Universidad de las Américas (UDLA) Quito: La protección de los animales bajo el discurso de los derechos de la naturaleza
  • Jenny García Ruales/Prof. Dr. Michael Riegner, University of Erfurt: Amazon v Doe: Whom would the Amazon sue if it could?

Comment: t. b. a.

05:00 - 06:00 pm

Pitch sessions

6:00 pm

Wrap up

07:30 pm - open end

Joint dinner
(at own expense)

Location: t. b. a.

Friday, July 19

Location: Senate Hall

09:00 - 09:15 am



Fifth session: Case Studies II

09:15 - 10:15 am

  • Dr. Letícia Albuquerque, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina: La naturaleza como sujeto de derecho: la experiencia del minicipio de Florianópolis, en el sur de Brasil

  • Daniela Bañuelos, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid:
    El pueblo Homún en defensa del medio ambiente: un análisis de los procesos sociales y legales

Comment: t. b. a.

10:15 - 10:45 am


10:45 - 11:45 am

  • Nils Richterich, Geothe-University Frankfurt:
    Rights of Nature as problem work? Some thoughts on the Spanish Mar Menor
  • Prof. Dr. René Kuppe, University of Vienna

Comment: t. b. a.

11:45 - 12:30 am

Final discussion

12:30 - 13:30 pm