Over the last two years, I have worked on two manuscripts that had been stewing for a while. One of them I wrote about in the previous post. Here, I want to introduce the other one, published in January 2022 as Understanding the Rights of Nature: A Critical Introduction. I have been following the idea […]
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Rights + Nature = ?
I have written before about the tendency, currently enjoying gusts in its sails, to grant rights to natural environments. In practical terms, it all started in a borough in Pennsylvania, but really came to international prominence with Ecuador’s 2008 constitution, the first one in the world to grant constitutional rights to nature. These are the right […]
When a river is a person: from Ecuador to New Zealand, nature gets its day in court
The Whanganui River, seen here, is now a person under New Zealand law. AlexIndigo/Flickr, CC BY-ND In the early 2000s, the idea of giving legal rights to nature was on the fringes of environmental legal theory and public consciousness. Today, New Zealand’s Whanganui River is a person under domestic law, and India’s Ganges River was […]