Unpublished Papers

Recognising rights for nature: a negotiation of principle and pragmatism

Anne Louise Schillmoller, School of Law and Justice Southern Cross University
Aidan Ricketts, School of Law and Justice, Souther Cross University


This paper investigates the tensions inherent in the notion of a non-anthropocentric earth justice system predicated on rights for nature. It considers whether metaethical frameworks based on the notion of ecocentrism are competent to inform and engender the development of legal and political interventions for representing the interests of non human entities. In particular, it considers the extent to which tensions between pragmatism and principle may hinder the development of an effective earth jurisprudence.

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