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Proposals are invited for AELA's biennial Earth Laws Conference - "Earth Laws Asia Pacific - Earth, Sea, Fire, Spirit", which is planned for 14-16 October 2020 (AEST/Brisbane Time, Australia)

About the Conference

The escalating impacts of climate change are being felt around the Asia Pacific region. As Australian communities recover and rebuild from a summer of horrific bush fires, other communities are coping with sea-level rise, flooding, forced transition of cities and communities to safe zones, increasing environmental deterioration and biodiversity loss. With the outbreak of COVID-19, environmental protection efforts have changed in many parts of the world and there is much to learn from and share with each other.

This conference invites participants to share research and project updates, and work together to progress collaborative projects. This year's conference will bring together First Nations peoples, legal experts, and legal practitioners from around the Asia Pacific region (in person and via Zoom). It will also bring ocean rights and the law of the sea experts together with Earth laws experts focused on terrestrial land and biodiversity management.


The dates for our 2020 conference were set in late 2019, before the outbreak of the COVID19 virus. The Conference was originally planned to be held in Brisbane, Australia. Due to ongoing travel restrictions, this conference will now be hosted entirely online. A wonderful, connected art exhibition "Voices of Nature" will still be held in Brisbane during 14-16 October, and all local speakers will be invited to attend a small dinner and special visit to the art exhibition.  A draft program will be available in late August, but if you have any questions, please email:


Please submit your proposal by 30 July via our online form.

Proposals are invited from people who would like to share research and project updates, and work together to progress collaborative projects, at AELA's biennial Earth Laws Conference: "Earth Laws Asia Pacific: Earth, Sea, Fire, Spirit", being held in Brisbane 14-16 October 2020.

The Conference invites participants to address any of the following questions:

  • How are innovative Earth laws and Rights of Nature laws supporting the Earth community? How can such laws be improved to be more effective?

  • How are First Nations Peoples and their legal systems influencing and leading Earth centred
    governance and/or challenging colonisation in the 21st Century?

  • What role can Earth centred law and governance play in building biodiverse societies?

  • What lessons can we share and learn from around the Asia Pacific region, that will support and
    nurture diverse Earth centred cultures and legal approaches?

Proposals may cover any of the following interconnected topics:

EARTH—vegetation management, regenerative agriculture, healthy soils, animal law, biodiversity protection, innovative land management, challenging extractivism, climate change mitigation and adaptation, land use planning, consumption and production, ecological limits.

SEA—marine species, protected areas, managing fisheries, coastal zone and catchment management, climate change and sea-level rise, sea bed mining, cultural connections to oceans and waterways.

FIRE—fire management, community resilience, new approaches to human settlements in
response to increasingly destructive fire seasons.

SPIRIT—interconnectedness and relationship-based governance approaches, restoration, and healing, cultural and ethical values, eco-spirituality, mental & physical health.

Proposals can include:

  • Academic papers (15 minutes)

  • Panels, peer-to-peer training sessions, and workshops (50 minutes)

  • Discussion groups and yarning circles (25 & 50 minutes)

  • Performances and experiential activities (5, 10 or 20 minutes)

Submit your proposal by 30 July 2020 via our online form

Contact -


  • Dr Mary Graham, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Queensland and Kombumerri First Nations person

  • Professor Brendan Mackey, Griffith Climate Change Response Program, Australia

  • Professor Klaus Bosselmann, University of Auckland, New Zealand

  • Dr Michelle Maloney, Australian Earth Laws Alliance

  • Dr Nicole Rogers, Southern Cross University, Australia

  • Victor David, L'Institut de recherche pour le developpement (IRD), New Caledonia

  • Mari Margil, Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights, USA

  • Daniel Hikuroa, University of Auckland, New Zealand

  • Enteng Bautista, Kalikasan, Philippines

  • Dr Alessandro Pelizzon, Southern Cross University, Australia

  • Michelle Bender, Earth Laws Center, USA

  • Erin Fitz-Henry, University of Melbourne, Australia

  • Dr Fran Humphries, Griffith Law School, Australia

  • Dr Erin O'Donnell, Melbourne Law School

Updates about Conference Speakers will be available on the Conference website in August

AELA is hosting an exciting arts program in October 2020, in connection with the Earth Laws Asia Pacific Conference, and as part of our "Rights of Nature Week" in Australia.  To find out more, please visit our Earth Arts Website, and join the AELA email list for updates during the year.

AELA's Program Themes

AELA's mission is to promote the understanding and practical implementation of Earth centred governance, with a focus on law, economics, ethics, eco-spirituality, education and the arts. 

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