Welcome to the new GNHRE News and Community Page

Welcome to our new News and Community page!

This is a space where members can post events, job postings, upcoming conferences and other news, but it is also a space for comment, opinion, debate and blogging.

The idea is that this is a platform for members to come together and ask each other questions, keep each other informed and engage with each other about the crucial issues animating the field. We want it to be a new hub for the human rights and environment community, as well as a community-built resource on events and developments in the field.

Please have a look at recent posts on the upcoming Symposium on Dignity Rights and Environmental Justice, on the latest edition of the Journal of Human Rights and Environment, and a welcome to new members of the network.

At this stage, all are welcome to comment on the page. If, in addition, you would like to post any news, blogs or other content, please send the details to community@gnhre.org. Over the next few months we will be opening the page up to members to post directly, and we will keep you updated on the details. In the meantime, please send us your thoughts and comments.

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Second Annual Animal Welfare and International Law Seminar

On the 10th of October 2018, the Regional African Law and Human Security project (RALHUS) and Lincoln Law School, UK present the Second Annual Animal Welfare and International Law Seminar.

Programme:

9:30 WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
Duncan French, Head of Lincoln Law School, UK

9:40 SHIFTING NORMS IN WILDLIFE PROTECTION AND EFFECTIVE REGULATORY DESIGN
Steven White, Griffith University, Australia

10:30 ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE FOR ANIMAL VICTIMS: RECOGNISING THE EXTENT OF WELFARE HARMS TO ANIMALS IN WILDLIFE CRIME
Amanda S Whitfort, The University of Hong Kong

11:20 COMFORT BREAK

11:40 EARTH V HUMANITY: BIODIVERSITY FOR WHOM AND BY WHOM?
Gay Morgan, The University of Waikato, New Zealand

12:30 LUNCH

13:30 ANIMAL WELFARE, BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND HUMAN WELLBEING: JOINING THE DOTS IN SOUTH AFRICAN LAW
Michael Kidd, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

14:20 WELFARE PERSPECTIVES ON TRADE IN RHINO HORN: TOWARDS CONSERVATION, SUSTAINABLE USE AND COMPASSION.
Werner Scholtz, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

15:10 COMFORT BREAK

15:30 THE INFLUENCE OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE ON THE EMERGENCE OF GLOBAL ANIMAL LAW
Iyan Offor, Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance, University of
Strathclyde, Glasgow

16:20 WTO LAW, THE ENVIRONMENT AND ANIMAL WELFARE
Katie Sykes, Thompson Rivers University, Canada

17:10 CLOSURE

For more information, please contact Professor Werner Scholtz wscholtz@uwc.ac.za

Feature image: Josh Gellers

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Call for papers: INTRAlaw Center, Aarhus University

The INTRAlaw (International and Transnational Tendencies in Law) Center, Aarhus University, is pleased to announce a workshop on the transnational development and use of legal norms and other instruments of legal relevance that have an impact on the protection of threatened ecosystems. The workshop will focus on transnational and multi-level aspects in environmental governance and regulation of ecosystems’ protection and international conservation of terrestrial and marine areas. This includes e.g. the use of the ecological approach, the ecosystem approach, and the socio-ecological approach in law and legal research. The workshop seeks to address the factors and theories of importance for socio-ecological resilience and the role of socio-ecological theories in the development of environmental law. It will address the design of norms and the interaction between the norms and economic instruments, spatial information, Web-based GIS tools, and Web-based handling and filing systems (digital self-service and decision-making systems). This is related to the importance of openness of institutions, so as to provide for extensive participation of “the public concerned” and for access to justice.

Call for papers

Deadline for abstract submission is 31 August 2018.
Abstracts of max. 500 words with a short bio should be submitted.
Authors will be informed about the final decision on their proposal by 13 September 2018.

Read more here: http://law.au.dk/forskning/forskergrupper/intralaw/tendencies-in-legal-approaches-and-instruments-for-the-protection-of-ecological-systems/

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GNHRE Statement on the Withdrawal of the United States from UNHRC

Statement on the

Withdrawal of the United States

from the United Nations Human Rights Council

In a joint statement of Tuesday 19 June 2018, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced the withdrawal of the United States from its membership in the United Nations Human Rights Council. The Human Rights Council, successor to the UN Commission on Human Rights, which was first chaired in January 1947 by Eleanor Roosevelt, is the world’s pre-eminent forum for monitoring, investigating and reporting on the full range of universal human rights guaranteed in international and national law, including those related directly to the enjoyment of a safe and healthy environment.

The Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE) — a broad-based network of concerned experts and scholars working for a better human and environmental future — expresses its deep concern and regret at the United States of America’s withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council for the following reasons.

First, the UN Human Rights Council continues to provide an effective check on the power of Governments that may be perpetrating or tolerating human rights violations, and US withdrawal from the Council seems minimally to signal the current Administration’s diminishing commitment to the UN human rights system and to human rights more generally.

Second, while the Council is admittedly far from perfect, greater US engagement in improving its work and strengthening the global commitment to advancing human rights would have more effective, both symbolically and politically.

Third, US withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council is particularly untimely and troubling because the Council has just taken strides towards recognition of the right to a healthy environment as a universal and fundamental human right within international law.

Fourth, the US withdrawal from the Council is part of a wider pattern of failure to engage with global partners on multiple forms of international progress in relation to human rights and environmental protections, including its previous announcement to withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement, to take effect on 4 November 2020.

This latest withdrawal should be seen for what it is: a negative, retrograde step at a pivotally important moment for a world facing climate emergency, a rising tide of human rights violations and deepening levels of concern for all life on Earth.

Feature image of the HRC in session: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/Home.aspx

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PPT Session on Human Rights, Fracking, and Climate Change

Spring Creek Project at Oregon State University will co-host the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking, and Climate Change from May 14 to 18, 2018.

The panel of judges of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal will be asked to provide an advisory opinion on four central questions:

  1. Under what circumstances do fracking and other unconventional oil and gas extraction techniques breach human rights protected by international law as a matter of treaty or custom?
  2. Under what circumstances do fracking and other unconventional oil and gas extraction techniques warrant the issuance of either provisional measures, a judgment enjoining further activity, remediation relief, or damages for causing environmental harm?
  3. What is the extent of responsibility and liability of States and non-State actors for violations of human rights and for environmental and climate harm caused by these oil and gas extraction techniques?
  4. What is the extent of responsibility and liability of States and non-State actors, both legal and moral, for violations of the rights of nature related to environmental and climate harm caused by these unconventional oil and gas extraction techniques?

For the first time this session of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal will be hosted completely online.  Attorneys and witnesses will convene via Zoom web conferencing software each day to present evidence and testimony to the panel of the judges of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal.

The proceedings will be streamed on the Spring Creek Project Facebook page and in the OSU Student Experience Center. A full schedule of daily Tribunal proceedings will be available soon, on the Spring Creek Project websiteand on tribunalonfracking.org

More: http://permanentpeoplestribunal.org/may-14-18-2018-ppt-session-on-human-rights-fracking-and-climate-change/?lang=en

14-18 de Mayo: Sesión del Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos sobre Derechos humanos, fracking y cambio climático

El Proyecto Spring Creek en la Universidad Estatal de Oregón será coanfitrión de la sesión del Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos sobre Derechos Humanos, Fracking y Cambio Climático desde el 14 hasta el 18 de mayo de 2018.

Se pedirá al panel de jueces del Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos que brinde una Opinión consultiva sobre cuatro preguntas centrales:

  1. ¿Bajo qué circunstancias el fracking y otras técnicas de extracción de petróleo y gas no convencionales violan los derechos humanos protegidos por el derecho internacional?
  2. ¿En qué circunstancias el fracking y otras técnicas de extracción de petróleo y gas no convencionales justifican la emisión de medidas provisionales, un juicio que ordena nuevas actividades, medidas correctivas o daños por causar daño ambiental?
  3. ¿Cuál es el alcance de la responsabilidad y la responsabilidad de los Estados y los agentes no estatales por las violaciones de los derechos humanos y por los daños ambientales y climáticos causados por estas técnicas de extracción de petróleo y gas?
  4. ¿Cuál es el alcance de la responsabilidad y la responsabilidad de los Estados y actores no estatales, tanto legales como morales, por violaciones de los derechos de la naturaleza relacionados con el daño ambiental y climático causado por estas técnicas de extracción de petróleo y gas no convencionales?

Por primera vez, esta sesión del Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos será realizada completamente en internet. Los abogados y testigos se reunirán a través del software de conferencia web Zoom todos los días para presentar evidencias y testimonios ante el panel de jueces del Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos.

El procedimiento se transmitirá en el Spring Creek Project Facebook page y en el OSU Student Experience Center. El programa completo de los procedimientos diarios del Tribunal estará disponible en: Spring Creek Project website y tribunalonfracking.org

15-18 maggio 2018: Sessione su Diritti umani, fracking e cambiamento climatico

La Sessione del Tribunale Permanente dei Popoli su Diritti umani, fracking e cambiamento climatico sarà ospitata dallo Spring Creek Project dell’Oregon State University e si terrà dal 14 al 18 maggio 2018.

giudici nominati dal Tribunale sono chiamati a valutare:

  1. In quali circostanze il fracking e altre tecniche non convenzionali di estrazione del petrolio e del gas violano i diritti umani tutelati dal diritto internazionale?
  2. In quali circostanze il fracking e altre tecniche non convenzionali di estrazione del petrolio e del gas determinano o misure provvisorie, una valutazione che impone ulteriori controlli, interventi di risanamento o rischi ambientali?
  3. Qual è l’entità della responsabilità degli Stati e degli attori non statali per le violazioni dei diritti umani e per i danni ambientali e climatici causati da queste tecniche di estrazione del petrolio e del gas?
  4. Qual è l’entità della della responsabilità degli Stati e degli attori non statali, sia legale che morale, per le violazioni dei diritti della natura connessi ai danni ambientali e climatici causati da queste tecniche non convenzionali di estrazione del petrolio e del gas?

La Sessione del Tribunale Permanente dei Popoli sarà realizzata utilizzando il software zoom, una piattaforma di videoconferenza online che permetterà ad esperti e testimoni di presentare analisi e casi ai giudici del Tribunale. Il live streaming sarà disponibile sulla pagina di Facebook dello Spring Creek Project e presso l’OSU Student Experience Center. Il programma della Sessione sarà presto consultabile nei seguenti siti: Spring Creek Project website e tribunalonfracking.org

Maggiori informazioni: http://permanentpeoplestribunal.org/15-18-maggio-2018-sessione-su-diritti-umani-fracking-e-cambiamento-climatico/

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Announcement: Open Call for NGOs to apply for Consultative Status with the United Nations (Deadline: 1 June 2018)

Open Call for NGOs to apply for Consultative Status with the United Nations (Deadline: 1 June 2018)

NGOs interested in applying for Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) consultative status should submit their application and required documents on or before the deadline of 1 June 2018. The following link provides background information, the benefits of consultative status and instructions for how to apply:

https://bit.ly/2ozYpVw

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