Invitation: Launch of the Living Convention

By Natural Justice

Defending territories of life: A discussion with communities about using international law and the Living Convention to protect and defend knowledge, territories and ways of life.

Natural Justice and the ICCA Consortium invite you to participate in the launch of the Living Convention: an accessible compendium of international rights. Together with the launch, we will be having a facilitated discussion about the important distinction between Indigenous peoples’, local communities’ and peasants’ rights and about how various community members are using international instruments to assert their rights and protect their knowledge, territories and ways of life.

The Living Convention is an innovative publication that allows communities to navigate the complex and varied terrain of international human rights. The third edition, authored by Harry Jonas and Marie Joyce Godio, was published this year and provides an appropriate opportunity to discuss how we can domesticate international laws and contribute to the protection and conservation of cultural and biological diversity. 

The launch will be both a celebration of the publication and a space to celebrate the determination and resilience of Indigenous peoples, local communities and peasants in pursuit of protecting their sacred relationships with nature.

Launch details:

  • Date: 4 November 2020
  • Time: 3pm SAST
  • Length: 1hr 30 min
  • Languages: English and French

We will be joined by the following:  

  • Teodoro“Teddy” Brawner Baguilat Jr (President of the ICCA Consortium)  
  • Harry Jonas (Director, Future Law) 
  • Marie Joyce Godio (Global Research Coordinator, Indigenous Peoples Rights International)  
  • Lesle Jansen (Indigenous Lawyer, Natural Justice) 
  • Daniel Kobei (Director, Ogiek Peoples’ Development Programme) 
  • Lucy Mulenkei (Executive Director of the Indigenous Information Network)

RSVP’s are essential. Register in advance for this meeting:

For any further assistance, please email Claire on  

28 October 2020

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