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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[JTBC April 15, 2017] Harming the Nature Results in a Legal Charge in New Zealand based on Earth Law, How about in Korea?
  • 2018-11-19
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[JTBC April 15, 2017] Harming the Nature Results in a Legal Charge in New Zealand based on Earth Law, How about in Korea?  

[Hae-seong Jeong JTBC Reporter] For the first time in the world in March, the Wanganui River in New Zealand has been granted legal rights same as human. The New Zealand parliament and the native Maori group have collaborated to pass the Earth law as they were concerned about the river’s pollution getting worse. The Wanganui River became a legal entity, and through its agents, it became possible to exercise lawsuits and other rights against those who polluted the river. 

In Korea, discussion of Earth law has been active mainly within the legal and civic groups. For example, a mock trial that assumes a case against the government of the Four Rivers is under way to alarm the excessive development policy.  

“If the rights of nature are recognized, more efforts on reviewing and regulating will be made when it comes to developing nature. Then, the development policy will be more cautious and it will prevent the aftereffects (Kumsil Kang, Founder and Executive Director of People for Earth).” 

In addition, the Special Committee on Constitutional Amendment of the National Assembly is reviewing the Constitution to include the phrase ‘Respect for all life’. 

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