External conferences

2023 Conferences

Law and Society Annual Meeting

“The not so ‘harmonious’ relationship between the right to territory of indigenous peoples and the rights of Nature: a critical approach to the ecocentric literature” presented at the round table “Law and More-than-human Societies”

Date: 1-4th June, 2023 –  San Juan (Puerto Rico)

Organizers:  Law and Society – Annual meeting

Participant: Digno Montalván (RIVERS/UC3M)

“From Critique to Political Practice” workshop

RIVERS participated at the round table “Critique, Political Practice, Anthropology”

Date: 12th May, 2023 –  Sussex University, Brighton (UK)

Organizers:  EASA LAWNET workshop in collaboration with Allegra Lab

Participant: Lieselotte Viaene (IP RIVERS/UC3M)

2022 Conferences


Workshop Protection of the Environment in Times of Armed Conflict: Assessing implications of the International Law Comission’s Draft Principles and related issues

“Nature and Indigenous Peoples in Conflict and Post-conflict Scenarios”

Date: November 18, 2022 – Madrid, UC3M (Getafe)

Organizers: ICEL/UC3M

Participant: Lieselotte Viaene (IP RIVERS/UC3M)


Summer school “Extractivism and its discontents: cultural and artistic counter-movements”

Session 2: “Forest, water and river: rights of nature” – Chocó y el río Atrato,

Session 3: “Ecosistems: art and activism” – Public forum

Date: September 7-18, 2022, Kassel (Germany)

Organizers: The University of Kassel, in cooperation with Más Arte Más Acción (MAMA), documenta Institut and CELA

RIVERS participates in the summer school “Extractivism and its discontents: cultural and artistic counter-movements”

The summer school offers an international and interdisciplinary exchange on resource-extracting societies and the interconnectedness between the global South and Europe.

Participant: María Ximena González Serrano (RIVERS/UC3M)

Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Conference

RIVERS participated in the “Socio-environmental Polarization and Great Power Rivalry” Conference

Date: May 05-08, 2022

LASA 2022 Panel: Indigenous Peoples, State-Capital and Water Extractivism: a multilevel analysis of water disputes in Guatemala (Spanish, online).

Organizers: Santiago Bastos (CIESAS Mexico) and María Jacinta Xón (RIVERS/UC3M)

This panel aims to advance in a critical and interdisciplinary analysis of the interconnection of the different scenarios of conflict – national and local – generated by the control of water in Guatemala.

LASA 2022 – Roundtable discussion: Security, development and territory: critical reflections on State violence – Racial Capital (Spanish, online)
Organizers: Principal Investigators Lieselotte Viaene of RIVERS-ERC and Silvia RodrÍguez Maeso – POLITICS-ERC.

This Roundtable proposes to discuss how racial hierarchies have shaped the dominant understandings of security and development for the control of territories and what is constituted as “human” and “natural” resources in urban and rural spaces. We propose to think about the connections and affinities that occur in the fields of law, the justice system and public policies in the fields of intervention of “citizen security” and “extractivist economy”, crucial to understand the reproduction of the genocidal vocation of the racial State-Capital.

Virtual Conference LASA/Asia 2022

Water Ontologies and Hydro-Extractivisms: Decolonizing Rivers in Central America and the Himalayan Region

Date: 17th February 2022

Starting at 08h00 – 09h30

Organized by: LASA/EANLAS: Rethinking Trans-Pacific Ties: Asia and Latin America

Participant: Lieselotte Viaene

More info: https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/lasa/eanlas22/index.php?cmd=Online+Program+View+Person&selected_people_id=14097071&PHPSESSID=9vtr147n56j6urbn0e08b58g59

The rights of nature and the right to territory of indigenous peoples

From Universal intrinsic value to epistemic and ontological plurality

Date: 3rd February 2022

Starting at 15h00 – 16h30 (CEST)

Organized by: Max Planck Fellow Group Environmental Rights in Cultural Context – ERCC

Participant: Digno Montalván

Poster: https://derechoyjusticia.net/sites/default/files/contenido/noticias/ERCC_Talk_3_February.pdf

2021 Conferences

Seminario Permanente Jesús G. Amuchastegui con Ramiro Ávila: La utopía del oprimido. Los derechos de la Pachamama (Naturaleza) y el Sumak Kawsay (buen vivir) en el pensamiento crítico, el derecho y la literatura 

El jueves 28 de enero de 2021 Ramiro Ávila Santamaría, profesor de Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar y juez de la Corte Constitucional de Ecuador, participó en el Seminario Permanente Jesús G. Amuchastegui para debatir su libro: La utopía del oprimido. Los derechos de la Pachamama (Naturaleza) y el Sumak Kawsay (buen vivir) en el pensamiento crítico, el derecho y la literatura (2019, Akal).

En la sesión participaron como comentaristas:

Modero: Prof. José María Sauca


2020 Conferences


9th Annual International Conference on Rights of Nature for Peace and Sustainable Development

Date: 08 December 2020

RIVERS Principal Investigator, Lieselotte Viaene, and Digno Montalván, RIVERS associate pre doctoral researcher, took part on the 9th Annual International Conference on Rights of Nature for Peace and Sustainable Development in the frame of the Geneva Forum. Lieselotte Viaene presented an overview of the objectives and expected results of RIVERS and Digno Montalván focused on “Anthropocentrism and ecocentrism in the jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights”.

Info Geneva Forum


Human Rights and the more-than-human: legal anthropological dialogues

Date: 19 November 2020

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

Info Queen’s University Belfast

2019 conferences

The Anthropocene and the Law in Asia

The ALSA Presidential session “The Anthropocene and the Law in Asia”

Annual Asian Law and Society Association (ALSA) “Expanding Asia: Changing Law and Social Justice”

Date: 12-15 December 2019 – Osaka, Japan

Lieselotte Viaene “Can Rights of Nature save us from the Anthropocene catastrophe? Critical reflections on the emerging ecological jurisprudence.

Chair: Hiroshi Fukurai, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Other panel members: James Prest, Australian National University; Craig Martin, Washburn University School of Law; Peter Rush, Melbourne Law School and Isabelle Giraudou, The University of Tokyo

Info ALSA & programme book 2019 conference

European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) AGM “Europe, knowledge politics and bureaucracy: anthropological perspectives”

Date: 28-29 October – Brussels, Belguim

Workshop “The EUropean Law, Bureaucracy and Governance of Anthropology”

Lieselotte Viaene “European Research Ethics Standards vs decolonial participatory anthropological research?”

Chair: Mariya Ivancheva (University of Liverpool) Discussants: Cris Shore

(Goldsmiths, University of London) and Joël Le Déroff (Project Adviser Ethics, ERC

Executive Agency). Other panel members: Cassandra Yuill (City, University of London) and Rita Astuti & Alice Tilche (London School of Economics)

More info EASA & programme AGM 2019

Deep Dive: Onto-seeding Societal Transformation

Hosting InstitutionsInstitute for Advanced Sustainability Studies and Commons Strategies Group

Date: 9-12 September 2019 – Neudenau, Germany

Hosting team: Zack Walsh, Thomas Bruhn (IASS); Silke Helfrich, David Bollier (CSG);

Brooke Lavelle, Courage of Care Coalition

Lieselotte Viaene participated in this Deep Dive, together with some twenty people from different academic disciplines and geographic regions to discuss and form a common understanding and community around the importance of relational ontologies to societal transformation.

Agenda Deep Dive 2019

Pictures by Jacques Paysan: Flickr

Bergen Exchanges 2019

Date: 19-23 August 2019 – Bergen, Norway

Can we develop new ways of thinking about water beyond the modern divides of nature/culture, and reconceptualising human rights? The coordinator of RIVERS Lieselotte Viaene and post doctoral researcher Marta Rica Izquierdo  presented the project during this year Bergen Exchanges on Law and Social Transformation. The main themes for Bergen Exchanges 2019 were Natural Resources, Corruption, Indigenous Rights and Law and Technology.

 To learn more about RIVERS project, you can watch the 20 minute talk of Lieselotte Viaene, RIVERS coordinator, sharing RIVERS research design with an introduction by Rachel Sieder (CIESAS-CMI) and followed by reflections by Marta Rica (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) Angela Ocampo (University of Louvain); and Camila Gianella (CMI) and a Q&A with the distinguished public of Bergen Exchanges 2019   (22 August 2019).