Critical Engagements with Rights of Nature

María Ximena González-Serrano and Bernardino Mosquera
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María Ximena González-Serrano is an activist, lawyer and PhD researcher at the University Carlos III of Madrid. She has worked for 15 years with Afro-descendant, indigenous and peasant communities in strategic litigation, legal mobilization and socio-legal research in cases involving the of defense of water, rivers and territories.

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Bernardino Mosquera is a community leader from the Quito River, one of the main tributaries of the Atrato River . Currently, he is part of the Collegiate Body of Guardians of the Atrato, constituted to exercise the river’s legal representation according to the ruling T-622 (2016) enacted by the Colombian Constitutional Court. 

Ashish Kothari and Shrishtee Bajpai

Ashish Kothari is a founding member of the NGO Kalpavriksh-Environmental Action Group in Maharashtra , India. He has taught at the Indian Institute of Public Administration and also coordinated India’s National Biodiversity Strategy & Action Plan. He has served on the boards of Greenpeace International India, the ICCA Consortium, and he also served as a judge at the International Tribunal on Rights of Nature.  Ashish helps coordinate Vikalp Sangam (, Global Tapestry of Alternatives (, and Radical Ecological Democracy ( He is also a co-author/co-editor of Churning the Earth, Alternative Futures, and Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary.

Shrishtee Bajpai is an activist researcher with the NGO Kalpavriksh-Environment Action Group, the Confluence of Alternatives platform, Vikalp Sangam, and the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. 

Frank Bibeau

Frank Bibeau is a tribal attorney who lives on Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He worked with the Native American Press-Ojibwe News for nearly 20 years, and is a 2000 graduate from the William Mitchell College of Law. Frank’s legal work focuses on the Treaty rights of tribes and members to help protect the natural resources and for future generations.  He represented Honor the Earth in the Sandpiper Pipeline proceedings currently Line 3 Pipeline proceedings at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.