On January 20th, Center member Megan Blomfield gave a talk on Civil Disobedience at a WU Vienna conference on ‘Environmental Defenders – Current Legal Developments and Challenges‘.
Environmental defenders – understood by the UN as persons “defending environmental rights, including constitutional rights to a clean and healthy environment” – play a crucial role in protecting the global environment. However, they are increasingly subjected to threats and harassment. New regulatory initiatives are accordingly being developed that aim to protect environmental defenders. This conference looked at the role of law in defending environmental rights, with the aim of contributing to further developments in these initiatives.