Earth Jurisprudence: Building Theory and Practice
From 16-18th September 2011, Griffith University and the Australian Wild Law Alliance (AWLA) hosted Australia’s Third Wild Law Conference. Delegates came from across Australia and around the world – including South Africa, USA, Austria, India and New Zealand - to explore and build the theory and practice of wild law and earth jurisprudence. The conference brought together a diverse mix of people, including researchers, regulators, legal practitioners, activists, students and interested members of the community.
Key note speakers were Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe AO and Cormac Cullinan (author of 'Wild Law' and co-founder of The Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature). Other Day 1 speakers included Professor Brendan Mackey (ANU), Professor Klaus Bosselmann (University of Auckland), Professor Douglas Fisher (QUT), Dr Peter Burdon (University of Adelaide), Senator Larissa Waters, Jo Bragg (EDO Qld) and Dr Chris McGrath (UQ).
Conference Themes and Presentations
The Conference invited speakers and participants to explore the theory and practical implications of earth jurisprudence and wild law. Themes included: wild law and climate change, wild law in a post-growth world, indigenous perspectives, wild law and science, the relationship between wild law and animal law, environmental activism and regulatory critiques. Theoretical papers examined posthuman animality, anthropocentrism and ecocentrism and a range of other themes.
Two Wild Law Publications Launched
The Conference saw the launch of two Australian publications on wild law and earth jurisprudence:
- Dr Peter Burdon and Cormac Cullinan launched “Exploring Wild Law: The Philosophy of Earth Jurisprudence”, Wakefield Press 2011. The book brings together voices from the leading proponents of wild law around the world. It introduces readers to the idea of wild law and considers its relationship to environmental law, the rights of nature, science, religion, property law and international governance.
- Dr Alessandro Pelizzon announced the publication of the Southern Cross University Law Review’s 2011 Special Edition on Earth Jurisprudence. The Journal features many of the papers from the 2010 Wild Law Conference in Wollongong.
Launch of Australia’s wild law networks
The Conference also saw the official launch of the Australian Wild Law Alliance (AWLA) and the Southern Cross University’s Earth Laws Research Network.
AWLA is a national network which aims to carry out research, education, promotional and activist work that enables the understanding, theoretical development and practical application of Earth jurisprudence and wild law in Australia. AWLA aims to create a space for people to stay informed about global and national developments in wild law and earth jurisprudence, and to work together on law reform, educational and other projects. Membership is open to all individuals and organisations interested in wild law, including academics, researchers, regulators, legal practitioners, students and members of the community. AWLA’s website is currently under development and queries can be directed to Michelle Maloney, AWLA Convenor – firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Earth Laws Research Network is a new research network created by the Southern Cross University. It aims to provide academic staff, students and collaborators with a platform to inform interdisciplinary education and research in the emergent areas of Earth Jurisprudence, Wild Law and related areas. For further information, contact Dr Alessandro Pelizzon - email@example.com
The final session of the Conference enabled conference delegates to discuss next steps for developing wild law in Australia. Many of these ideas have now been integrated into AWLA’s agenda for work over the next 12 to 18 months.
With the launch of the Australian Wild Law Alliance and Earth Laws Network, Wild Law Discussion Groups announced in Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide and a fourth Australian Wild Law conference being planned for 2012, the Wild Law movement is growing from strength to strength in Australia. If you’d like to find out more, or get involved, please get in touch anytime: firstname.lastname@example.org