Advancing and defending

The rights of Nature worldwide

The Wild Law Institute is dedicated to pioneering laws and practices that ensure that people take responsibility for enhancing the health and vitality of Earth.

Rights of nature

Like human rights, these are conceived of as inherent, inalienable rights

That arise from the mere existence of the rights holder. This means that every being or aspect of Nature (including people) must, at a minimum, have the right to exist.

Wild Earth
Self-Determination

A system of democratic
self-determination

People aim to live well by contributing to the integrity and health of the ecological communities within which they live, and in which local communities have the right to decide how to do so.

Earth Jurisprudence

A legal philosophy that prioritises the health of the whole Earth Community

Imposes legal duties on humans to respect the legal rights of all members of that community to participate in maintaining its integrity, functioning, health and evolution.

Initiatives

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Series on Earth Jurisprudence

In order to raise awareness about Earth Jurisprudence, the Wild Law Institute is producing a series of short papers.

GARN African Hub

We are part of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN) and act as Secretariat of the African Hub.

News Stories

News Stories

The Wild Law Institute is dedicated to pioneering laws and practices that ensure that people take responsibility for enhancing the health and vitality of Earth.

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Ice Wide Shut: Inside the secretive world of the Antarctic Treaty (WEBINAR)

On 13 July 2022, Director Cormac Cullinan will join investigative journalist, Tiara Walters, and author, Mikaa Mered, as they shine a light on secretive world of the Antarctic Treaty.

Celebrate World Environment Day by joining the Rights of Nature movement

On 5 June 2022, the United Nations celebrates World Environment Day.

June 3, 2022

Harmonious Coexistence - A new vision for conservation in South Africa

On 28 April 2022, the Wild Law Institute hosted a workshop to chart a vision for Harmonious Coexistence in South Africa.

May 6, 2022

What would a world that applies Earth jurisprudence look like?

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A useful 'starting point' for mapping out what Earth centred governance can look like, is a bioregion.

Thomas Berry

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