Studies in National and International Development


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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Frame-up: Using the Law to Save the Planet 

Silver Donald Cameron, CM, ONS, DCL, Dlitt, PhD

Host and executive producer of

When my colleagues and I began the Green Rights multi-media project four years ago, we set out to explore the implications of the fact that of the 193 members of the United Nations, 180 recognize their citizens' legal right to clean air and water and healthy food but Canada is not among them. As the feature documentary and the book Warrior Lawyers evolved, however, we came to understand that the purpose of traditional environmental law is not to protect people or the environment, but to legalize harm. The real power of environmental rights is that it begins the process of re-framing our concepts of law, and, more profoundly, our relationship to the natural world of which we are a part.

Silver Donald Cameron, CM, ONS, DCL, Dlitt, PhD, is the host and executive producer of the environmental web site, and the writer and narrator of its recently-released feature documentary, Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World. A professional writer since 1971, Dr. Cameron has written numerous plays, films, magazine articles, radio, and TV scripts.

Cameron’s 18th book, Warrior Lawyers: From Manila to Manhattan, Attorneys for the Earth, a companion volume to the Green Rights documentary, will be available for purchase at this talk. 

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D214

​Free and open to the public.

Silver Donald Cameron