Dr Alessandro Pelizzon LLB(Torino), LLM(Torino), PhD(UOW) Italian by birth and Australian by choice, Alessandro completed his LLB/LLM in Law in Italy with a specialisation in comparative law and legal anthropology. His thesis comprised a field research project on pre-Colombian family protocols in the Andes of Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. Alessandro has been involved in Indigenous rights for over 15 years. Together with other young researchers in Italy, during his university years he established a research group with which he participated in and supported the drafting of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva. His PhD thesis, conducted at the University of Wollongong and completed in 2011, and now published as a book, focused on native title and legal pluralism in the Illawarra. During the course of his PhD research project, Alessandro began to explore the emerging discourse on rights of nature, Wild Law and Earth Jurisprudence. His main area of interest is the intersection between this emerging discourse and different legal ontologies, with a particular focus on Indigenous legal structures. Alessandro has organised the Second Australian Conference on Wild Law and Earth Jurisprudence in 2010 and has contributed to the organisation of the Third Australian Wild Law Conference at Griffith University in 2011, he is one of the founding members of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and of the Australian Wild Law Alliance and he has contributed to establish the Earth Laws Network at Southern Cross University. Alessandro’s main areas of research are legal anthropology, comparative law, legal theory, Indigenous rights and ecological jurisprudence.
Keeping the fire: impressions of earth jurisprudence, Southern Cross University Law Review (SCULR) (2011)
Laws of the land: traditional land protocols, native title and legal pluralism in the Illawarra, (2012)
Respecting indigenous legal protocols: the impact of native title, School of PhD thesis, University of Wollongong, NSW (2010)
The recognition of native title in Australia contained in the Mabo (No 2) decision, in...
Rights of nature and posthumanist possibilities (with Anne Schillmoller), Natural law and legal obligation: the Australian Society for Legal Philosophy annual conference (2011)
Earth jurisprudence is an emerging area of law in which the integrity and health of...
Acknowledging country, legal meanings and normative implications (with Jade Kennedy), 2011 Joint conference of Law, Literature and Humanities Association of Australasia and Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand: Ceremonies of law: doctrine, ritual, ceremonial (2011)
Beyond anthropocentrism and back again (with Aidan Ricketts), Australia's third wild law conference: Earth jurisprudence: building theory and practice (2011)