We are currently experiencing a biodiversity crisis – the sixth great extinction of species and the first man-made one.[1] This monumental biodiversity loss has enormous consequences for ecosystems and their ability to function and regenerate – and thus for all of us as well.


Despite the urgency of this challenge, the human rights field has been slow to take on biodiversity loss. The Future of Rights Practicum (FOR) works to fill this gap. Working with scientists, litigators, scholars, and researchers – as well as NYU clinical students – FOR pursues projects that clarify the link between biodiversity and rights and tackle the biodiversity emergency and its rights implications.


[1] See, e.g., Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (2014).


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