Peter A Allard School of Law


Centre for the Law and the Environment Assistant

Centre for the Law and the Environment Assistant

Jan 16, 2023

Social media card announcing the GRAWL Academy and Inspirathon

How can lawyers and Indigenous legal knowledge holders use the power of law to fight for environmental justice, human rights to a healthy environment and the rights of non-human beings and ecosystems?

The First Annual Green Rights & Warrior Lawyers Virtual Academy and Inspirathon informed and inspire d interested people around the world about the role of law in securing environmental rights and justice.

This innovative program mobilized the power of stories to bring issues of environmental rights and justice to life and inspire action, as nine courageous “Warrior Lawyers” from around the world shared their stories of advancing “Green Rights” through (or sometimes despite) law.

Day 3 of the Academy featured:

  • Steven Donziger, attorney for the Ecuadorean plaintiffs in the Chevron Toxico saga (USA)
  • Cormac Cullinan, lawyer and pioneer of Wild Law and Earth Jurisprudence (South Africa)
  • Chima Williams, lawyer, Goldman Prize winner and Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (Nigeria)
  • Jacinta Ruru, Māori legal scholar, University of Otago (Aotearoa/New Zealand)

Each talk was  followed by an informal "at the kitchen table" chat in where participants engaged in a relaxed virtual conversation with the Warrior Lawyer who had just given a public talk. 


Steven Donziger Talk

Cormac Cullinan Talk

Chima WilliamS TALK 

Jacinta Ruru TALK

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