Workshop on Land, Water and the Environment: The Politics of Rights

November 7-8, 2014, UW-Madison


Across the world, as industry demands more fuel and raw materials and as nations seek economic growth, nations and local communities are faced with many dilemmas. How are the basic resources of land and water to be utilized, distributed, and conserved? How should the environment be preserved? Who has the right to use these resources and by what means? What are the objectives behind their use? Rights to land and water are among the most basic rights of human beings, integral to life itself. Negotiations over these rights entail challenges relating to economic stability and growth, cultural dignity, identity and respect, as well as environmental sustainability. This workshop brings together scholars and practitioners engaged with issues of the right to land and water across the globe focused specifically on the tensions between economic development, community rights, and environmental sustainability.

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 Program Summary

Day 1, Friday, November 7, 2014
Lubar Commons (7200 Law)

2:30-2:45              Refreshments and registration

2:45-4:15              General panel on right to water: framing the issues
                           Chair/Commentator: Heinz Klug (UW-Madison)

                           Paul Robbins (UW-Madison)
                           Anna Gade (UW-Madidson)
                           Richard Monette (UW-Madison)
4:15-4:30             Break

4:30-6:00             Panel 1: Mining and Right to Water
  Chair/commentator: Larry Nesper (UW-Madison)

                          Jose Carlos Orihuela (Catholic University, Lima, Peru)
                          Glenn Reynolds (Former attorney, Mole Lake Band)
                          Tracy-Lynn Humby (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)

6:15-7:15            Keynote speaker
                         Mike Wiggins (Chair, Bad River Tribe)
7:30-9:00            Dinner for speakers, chairs and invited guests
                         University Club (invitation only)
Day 2: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Lubar Commons (7200 Law)

8:30                   Breakfast

9:00-10:30          Panel 2: Dams and Right to Water
                         Chair/commentator: Ian Baird (UW-Madison)

                         Carl Middleton (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand)
                         William Nathan Green (UW-Madison)                        
                         Nga Dao (York University, Toronto, Canada)
10:30-10:45        Break

10:45-12:15        Panel 3: Social Movements and Right to Water
                         Chair/commentator: Erica Simmons (Uw-Madison)

                        Maritza Paredes (Catholic University, Lima, Peru)
                        Boa Santos (UW-Madison & University of Coimbra, Portugal)
                        Jessie Conaway (UW-Madison)

12:15-1:45         Lunch, dance performance and documentary

                        "Wild Rice" Dance performance by Peggy Choy (UW-Madison)

                        “Wisconsin Mining Standoff” documentary by Brad Lichtenstein
                        (A 371 Production for the Al Jazeera America Faultlines Series)

1:45-3:15           Panel 4: Graduate students’ panel
                        Chair/commentator: Christina Ewig (UW-Madison)

                        Allison Sambo (UW-Madison)
                        Niren Jain (UW-Madison)
                        Kimberley Thomas (Rutgers University)
                        Koffi Dogbevi (UW-Madison)

3:15pm              Closing Remarks
                        Heinz Klug (UW-Madison)

UW-Madison Human Rights Program, Global Legal Studies Center, UW Law School, LACIS and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. The Human Rights Program is supported by a UW-Madison Mellon Foundation grant for the advancement of area and international studies and coordinated by the Global Legal Studies Center

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