Shona Illingworth to speak at Toronto Hearing of The Airspace Tribunal

Airspace Tribunal Toronto

Shona Illingworth, artist and Reader in Arts at the School of Arts, and Professor Nick Grief of Kent Law School will both speak at the Toronto Hearing of The Airspace Tribunal, which will begin on 1 November 2020, via Zoom.

The Airspace Tribunal is an international public forum established by Shona and Nick in 2018. In a series of public hearings – London, Sydney, now Toronto, with further hearings to come in other parts of the world – this people’s tribunal is examining the impact of accelerating geopolitical, technological and environmental change on the composition, nature and use of airspace, and considering the case for and against a proposed new human right to protect all people from physical or psychological threats from above.

The Airspace Tribunal’s inaugural hearing took place at Doughty Street Chambers, London in September 2018. Each hearing is being recorded and transcribed to form the drafting history of the proposed new human right.

The Toronto hearing of the Airspace Tribunal is co-presented by The Power Plant and the Master of Visual Studies program at the Daniels Faculty, University of Toronto.  Speakers from a broad range of expertise, disciplines and lived experience – including Climate Change, Human Rights, Artificial Intelligence, Geopolitics, Contemporary Warfare, Biopolitics and Psychology – will consider whether we need increased protection from threats from above through the recognition of this proposed new human right.

The hearing will take place over three 2-hour online panel discussions followed by a 1-hour online summative session. The Power Plant’s Director, Gaëtane Verna, will be the Chair, introducing each session and all speakers. Counsel to the Tribunal, Kirsty Brimelow QC of Doughty Street Chambers (London, UK), will pose questions to the Experts. Members of the audience – our judges – will also be able to ask questions.

The Toronto Hearing will take place on the following dates, at Toronto – Eastern Standard Time’, and will take place via Zoom. All events are free to attend:

Session 1 (featuring Shona and Nick): Sunday, 1 November 2020, 2 – 4 PM:

Session 2: Wednesday, 4 November 2020, 2 – 4 PM:

Session 3: Saturday, 7 November 2020, 2 – 4 PM:

Session 4: Saturday, 14 November 2020, 2 – 3 PM: