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Ivan D. Vargas Roncancio

Collaborator – McGill University

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Iván Darío Vargas-Roncancio is an assistant professor in the Law and Society program, Department of Social Sciences at York University.  He holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Sciences from McGill University (2021), a J.D (2008) and an LL.M in Law and Bioscience (2011) from the National University of Colombia. He acted as Associate Director for the Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives (CICADA) and held a post-doctoral position with the Leadership for the Ecozoic (L4E) program at McGill (2021 – 2023). Iván worked for the Everyday Peace Indicators Project as an institutional ethnographer at George Mason University (2017-18) and was a “Francisco José de Caldas” scholar (COLCIENCIAS, 2013-2016). He is the co-PI for the intercultural research project: “A Community Path to Higher Education: The Biocultural Indigenous University of the Inga People of Colombia” (Spencer Foundation, Research-Practice Partnership Grant Program, 2022-2025).  His research focuses on Earth law and the rights of nature; Indigenous legal cosmologies in Amazonia; anthropology of plant-human relations, and critical pedagogies. He has published in the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment,  the Australian Feminist Law Journal, Sustainability, and the Boletín de Antropología, among others. He has two forthcoming books: Pedagogies for the Ecozoic (Cambridge University Press, co-author) and Law, Place and Plants in Amazonia: Sentient Legalities (Routledge Law, Justice, and Ecology book series).  


Vargas Roncancio, I.D and Mutumbajoy Sonia (2023). “Indigenous Community” in Haddad B. and Solomon B (Eds), Dictionary of Ecological Economics, Cheltenham UK/ Northampton-USA: Edward Elgar Press. 


Vargas Roncancio, I.D and Mutumbajoy Sonia (2023). “Indigenous Rights” in Haddad B. and Solomon B (Eds), Dictionary of Ecological Economics, Cheltenham UK/ Northampton-USA: Edward Elgar Press. 


Vargas Roncancio, I.D. (2023). “Law as Relation and the Co-emergence of Beings: Towards a Paradigm Shift in Legal Education for Socioecological Transitions.” In Thomas Giddens and Dundee Luca Siliquini-Cinelli (Eds). Life and the Structures of the Law School: The Biopolitics of Legal Education. Vol. 2 (Resisting the Law School). London – NY: Routledge. 


Vargas Roncancio, I.D. „Eine Welt, in die viele Welten passen“, in: ARCH+ 250 The Great Repair – Politiken der Reparaturgesellschaft (Dezember 2022), Page 154–159, hier S. 154. Link: /  

Vargas Roncancio, I.D. et al. “An Indigenous University.” In The Architectural Review, Fall 2022.    


Vargas Roncancio, I.D., (2022) “Unas palabritas de ayer. Despertando a la Conversa. On Connections, Free Associations and Political Possibilities in Latin America.” In Molano P., Rocha-Vivas, M., & Rojas-Sotelo, M., (eds). Mingas de la Imagen. Estudios Ecocríticos, Indígenas e Interculturales, Bogotá: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.


Posthuman legalities. New Materialism and Law Beyond the Human.

Anna Grear, Emille Boulot, Iván Darío Vargas-Roncancio, and Joshua Sterlin (Editors). 2021. Edward Elgar Publishing.


“Yoco (Paullinia yoco)”  

Vargas Roncancio, I.D. (2021). In Ryan, J., Gagliano, M., and Vieira, P., (eds.) The Mind of Plants. Synergetic Press: Santa Fe. 


Conjuring Sentient Beings and Relations in the Law:  A Comparative Praxis of Legal Cosmologies.

Vargas, I. D. (2021). In Anker, K., Burdon, P., Garver, G., Maloney, Carla S.,  (Eds).  From Environmental to Ecological Law. Routledge - Taylor & Francis. 


“Indigenous Legalities” - Chapter 25

Vargas Roncancio, I.D., and Chindoy, H., (2020).  In Zelle, A., Wilson, G., Adam, R., Greene, H., (eds.). Earth Law: Emerging Ecocentric Law. A practitioner’s Guide. Aspen Coursebook Series. Wolters Kluwer.   


“Why would the fish pain debate be so contentious?” Forum Letter in response to Vettese T. et al (2020) “The Great Fish Pain Debate: What happens when scientists get hooked on a question that could be argued forever?”

Gagliano, Monica & Vargas Roncancio, Ivan Darío, (2020). In Issues in Science and Technology, Summer, 49-53.  


Forest on Trial: Towards a Relational Theory of Legal Agency for Transitions into the Ecozoic.

In: Liberty and the Ecological Crisis: Freedom on a Finite Planet. 2019. 

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From the Anthropocene to Mutual Thriving: An Agenda for Higher Education in the Ecozoic

L4E Contributors:  Ivan Vargas Roncancio, Leah Temper, Joshua Sterlin, Nina L. Smolyar, Shaun Sellers, Maya Moore, Rigo Melgar-Melgar, Jolyon Larson, Catherine Horner, Jon D. Erickson, Megan Egler, Peter G. Brown, Emille Boulot, Tina Beigi and Michael Babcock


Nomadic ecologies: Plants, embodied knowledge, and temporality in the Colombian Amazon

In: Boletin de Antropologia. Vol. 32, # 53. 2017.


Plants and the Law: Vegetal Ontologies and the Rights of Nature. a Perspective from Latin America

In: Australian Feminist Law Journal. Vol.43, # 1. 2017.


Elementos para una evaluación de los cultivos transgénicos en América Latina: apuntes desde el marxismo ecológico

In: Revista de la Maestria en Derecho Economico.Vol. 6. # 6. 2010.

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Contratos de acceso a recursos genéticos: un análisis comparado

In: Pensamiento Juridico. # 27. 2010.

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