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Freedom Lecture on Ecocide by Polly Higgins and Panel Discussion 'Academia meets Activism'

On 16 January 2017, Tilburg Law School, in collaboration with the political and cultural center De Balie (and with sponsorship from Stichting Democratie & Media and VFonds), will host a Freedom Lecture by ‘lawyer for the Earth’, Polly Higgins.

Poster Freedom Lecture

 Ms Higgins’ mission is to make ecocide the fifth international crime against peace – thereby using criminal provisions to create a legal duty of care so that state and corporate actors can be held legally responsible for acts or omissions that give rise to ecological and climate devastation. This is the fourth year in which De Balie is organizing a series of Freedom Lectures – the 2016 speakers having included British-Pakistani radicalization expert, Maajid Nawaz; Russian journalist and activist, Zhanna Nemtsova; and Black Lives Matter co-founder, Patrisse Cullors.

The Freedom Lecture will be followed by a panel discussion on the theme “Academia meets Activism”, the aim of which is to reflect on how academics who work in fields that are inherently normative can/should navigate the borderlands between academia and activism. Panelists are dr. Quirine Eijkman, Polly Higgins, prof. Benjamin Richardson and dr. Laura van Waas. Moderator: prof. Nicola Jägers.


Should you be interested in attending this event, please register by emailing so that we have an indication of the number of participants.

  • Location: Black Box, Esplanade building
  • Time: Monday January 16th, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

When: 16 January 2017 16:00

End date: 16 January 2017 18:00