Earth Jurisprudence

August 24, 2015

The following perspectives on Earth Jurisprudence are from the Center for Earth Jurisprudence, led by Dominican Sister and Attorney, Sr. Pat. Siemen.

Also of potential interest, see:   CELDF Democracy Schools, also standing up for the rights of people, our communities, and environments.

Begonia Filgueria, “About Time for Rights of Nature?”
Barry Law Review, Fall 2008: Issue dedicated to Earth jurisprudence.  Pat Siemen, “Earth Jurisprudence: Toward Law in Nature’s Balance,” 11 Barry L. Rev. 1; Cormac Cullinan, “Do Humans Have Standing to Deny Trees Rights?” 11 Barry L. Rev. 11; Glen-Peter Ahlers, Sr., “Earth Jurisprudence: A Pathfinder,” 11 Barry L. Rev. 121
Berry, Thomas, “The Origin, Differentiation and Role of Rights.”
Boyle, Simon, “On Thin Ice.”
Brown, Brian E., “Religion, Law, and the Land: Native Americans and the Judicial Interpretation of Sacred Land.” Greenwood Press, 1999.
Cullinan, Cormac, “If Nature Had Rights,” from Orion Magazine, Jan./Feb. 2008
Cullinan, Cormac, Wild Law and the Challenge of Climate Change.“Originally printed in the journal Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture (London, UK), Issue 37 Winter 2007:116-126.
Cullinan, Cormac, “Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth Justice,” Green Books (UK), 2002.
“Framing an Earth Jurisprudence for a Planet in Peril”:
Greene, Herman, “What Is Earth Jurisprudence?” Introduction to Earth Jurisprudence Slide Presentation
Kimbrell, Andrew,Cold Evil: Technology and Modern Ethics.
Koons, Judith, “Earth Jurisprudence: The Moral Value of Nature,” 25 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 263 (2008)
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Koons, Judith, “What Is Earth Jurisprudence?: Key Principles to Transform Law for the Health of the Planet,” 18 Penn State Envtl L. Rev. 47 (2009)
Nash, Roderick Frazier, “The Rights of Nature.” University of Wisconsin Press, 1989.
Orr, David.The Law of the Land
Ortega, Roque Roldán, trans. Efraín Sánchez. “Indigenous Peoples of Colombia and the Law,” The Gaia Foundation (UK).
Rivers, Elizabeth, “Wild Law Spreads like Wildfire! Australia’s first conference on Wild Law,” UKELA e-law,Issue 55 – January 2010. Reprinted here with permission.
Rivers, Elizabeth,How to Become a Wild Lawyer,” used here with permission from Environmental Law & Management, 18 (2006).
The Earth Charter created by global civil society.
United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Rio Declaration , 1992.
United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, Stockholm Principles,, 1972 .
United Nations, World Charter for Nature, 1982.
Wood, Mary Christina, “Nature’s Trust: A Legal, Political, Economic, and
 Moral Frame for Global Warming.”
Papers presented at the Wild Law Conference 2006: “Changing Environmental Law to Meet Global Challenges” based on the book ”Wild Law” by Cormac Cullinan and organized by the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association and the Environmental Law Foundation in association with the University of Brighton. The following articles originally appeared in Environmental Law & Management (2007) 19: 59-92, published by Lawtext Publishing, Ltd. and are used here with permission. Click here to view the following papers:
  • Cormac Cullinan, “Sowing wild law”
  • Norman Baker, MP, “Rebalancing the system: an agenda for change”
  • Satish Kumar, “Economics and ecology – which comes first?”
  • Elizabeth Rivers, “Creative regulation: how wild law can rehabilitate governance and regulation”
  • Ian Mason, “Earth, rights and insects: a holistic approach to environmental law.”
Additional Papers from the Wild Law Conference 2006:

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