Earth Jurisprudence Center

The time has come for human civilization to realize that it can only sustain itself with harmonious interactions with nature and all the lifeforms that exist as a part of it. What we call “progress” will only have real value when we strive to put the whole of earth into the context.

Recognizing the current limitations of the human-centric modern law system, the Academic Society on Earth Jurisprudence pursues studies of Earth-centric laws and governance systems.
The academic society explores alternative thinking and systems in which not only people, but also nature has rights to exist together through various activities that include discussions, lecture series, publication of academic papers, and community programs.

* Academic Society on Earth Jurisprudence
Academic Society on Earth Jurisprudence conducts annual academic forums as well as seminars and publishes books with its academic achievements. Its current main members are law school professors who specialize environmental law and other lawyers who practice constitution, economic law and climate change law.

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Testing Ecuador’s Rights of Nature: Why Some Lawsuits Succeed and Others Fail
  • 2018-05-23
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"Testing Ecuador’s Rights of Nature: Why Some Lawsuits Succeed and Others Fail" 
by Craig M. Kauffman and Pamela L. Martin 
Papers presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA, March 18, 2016 

For eight years, scholars have celebrated Ecuador’s auspicious move to include rights of Nature (RoN) in its 2008 Constitution. The constitution pledges to build a new form of sustainable development based on the Andean Indigenous concept of
sumak kawsay (buen vivir in Spanish), which is rooted in the idea of living in harmony with Nature. The Preamble “celebrates” Nature (Pachamama) and presents a guiding principle for the new development approach: that humans are part of Nature, and thus Nature is a vital part of human existence. Ecuador’s constitution presents buen vivir as a set of rights for humans, communities, and Nature, and thus portrays RoN as a tool for achieving sustainable development.

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