Waterworlding. Reflecting on Multiple Waters


Date: 17.06.2021

Starting at 12.00 p.m. (CEST)

Organized by: University of Marburg

Participant: Lieselotte Viaene

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Empirical research in the UN human rights system

Date: 17.05.2021

Starting at 3 PM (CEST)

Organized by: RIVERS

Participants:  Julie Billaud, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Miia Halme-Tuomisaari, Associate Professor of Human Rights Studies at Lund University, and Maria Sapignoli, Assistant Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Milan

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 Indigenous water ontologies, plurilegal encounters

and interlegal translation: some reflections from the field

Webinar Series

in honour of Sally Engle Merry

Date: 23.04.2021

Starting at 2 PM UTC+02

Organized by: Allegra Lab and EASA

Participant: Lieselotte Viaene

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ID: 93210372616
Password: 4JzWZ6

Legal expertise in theory and practice


Date: 25.02.2021

Starting at 11:00 a.m.

Organized by: Hamburg Institute for Social Research

Participant: Carolina Angel Botero

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Transitional Justice and Indigenous Peoples:

Justice and Reparation for Multiple Life Systems

Date: Wednesday, February 17

Hour:  1.00 p.m. -2.30 pm


  • Belkis Izquierdo Torres, judge for the Chamber for the Acknowledgment of Truth, Responsibility and the Determination of Facts and Conduct of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, Colombia
  • Lieselotte Viaene, Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)

In the Colombia Peace Accords, the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) has recognized indigenous territories as victims of armed conflict in several of its legal decisions. These groundbreaking decisions invite the human rights and transitional justice communities to deeply rethink their conceptualization of human life, since they recognize that human beings are not the only living beings who can be damaged and violated – with the rights to justice and reparation in the context of the transitional justice processes.

Event co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies program, the Biology Department, and the Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology program at the Lynch School.

Spanish to English translation will be provided.


“Human rights and the more-than-human: legal anthropological dialogues”

Our Principal Investigator, Lieselotte Viaene, is gonna give the seminar “Human rights and the more-than-human: legal anthropological dialogues” at Queen’s University Belfast School of Law, Human Rights Centre.

Date: 19 November, 2pm (N-Ireland) – 3pm (Madrid)

Via MS Teams register to attend here:

“A new viewpoint on human rights: the-more-than-human”
An interview by the EU Research magazine

EU Research spoke to our Principal Investigator, Lieselotte Viaene, about the work of the RIVERS project in investigating how human rights and international law can move beyond its anthropocentric dogma by learning from the relationships that indigenous peoples have with water and nature.

Read here the full interview here.

Reparación del territorio y la Naturaleza como Víctima

Fecha: 14 de agosto de 2020 – 4pm hora de Madrid; 9am Colombia y Ecuador; Brasil 11am; Guatemala 8am

La Comisión Étnica-Racial de la Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz (JEP) de Colombia y el Proyecto ERC RIVERS (UC3M) les invitamos cordialmente al Círculo de la Palabra. Armonía de la Madre Tierra: reparación del territorio y la Naturaleza como víctima que se organiza en el marco de la semana de los Pueblos Indígenas en el Sistema Integral de Verdad, Justicia, Reparación y No-Repetición de Colombia.

Online Zoom: