Overline: Berlin Science Week
Headline: Jatun Yaku – Amazon of Rights

When scientific research and documentary film zoom in on Rights of Nature

Fri | Nov 04, 2022 | 02.00 PM - 03.30 PM Berlin Time
This event takes place as part of the Berlin Science Week.
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) | M. Cecilia Oliveira, Irem Couchouron, Juan Auz

Jatun Yacu” is the indigenous name, in Quechua language, for one of the tributaries of the Amazon river in Ecuador. As the Amazon river flows from its source to the Atlantic Ocean, it crosses four countries with different legal systems. This pilot documentary film traces the ebb and flow of rights in and of the Amazon across space and time, ethnographically exploring the question of what it means for a river to have rights, where these rights come from and what they might look like visually. It aims to show that while the notion of rights of nature may seem exotic to Western legal minds at first glance, a closer look reveals that the idea that non-human entities have rights is not new.

After the screening the public is invited for a open discussion on rights of nature and on the use of non traditional mediums of scientific production, with one of the movie directors, researcher Dr. Maria Cecilia Oliveira. She is project leader for the research group Democratic Governance for Ecopolitical Transformations (ECOPOL) at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) researching on climate change and democracy. At her work she  explores possible bridges between science, aesthetics and ecopolitics.

She will be joined on the panel by Juan Auz who is an Ecuadorian lawyer and a PhD candidate at the Hertie School in Berlin. Before this, he was a fellow at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). His research lies at the junction of human rights and climate change law, focusing on Latin America. The discussion will be moderated by Irem Couchouron, Head of Programming & Industry at the SILBERSALZ Science & Media Festival.


This event will take place as part of the Berlin Science Week CAMPUS‚. Admission is free. Please reserve your one or two-day ticket here.

Information about the physical accessibility of the Museum für Naturkunde can be found here (see ‚evolution in action‘ for exact location on the map).

Invalidenstraße 43
Berlin, Berlin 10115 Germany