Law

The UK Earth Law Judgments Project

Motivation

We are now at a moment in human history when there is growing global consensus around the need for urgent action to protect the future of our planet, but widespread confusion and political reticence as to what that action should look like. Legal attempts to address climate breakdown, to protect the natural environment, biodiversity and the rights and cultural practices of indigenous peoples have yet to produce adequate solutions to this environmental crisis.

Aims

The project builds on the work of feminist judgments projects in a number of jurisdictions and the recent Wild Law Judgment Project led by Australian scholars.

It aims to change legal culture by reimagining established legal decisions and ways of judging. This has two main dimensions:

  • to inspire ecoconscious ways of thinking about and practicing law among judges, legal practitioners, academics and students.
  • to further critical debates around the idea of Earth law, wild law and ecocentric paradigms. What might or should an ecocentric jurisprudence look like in the UK?
Project launch

The project was officially launched at the UK Environmental Law Association 'Wild Law and Activism' Conference at the University of Sussex on Saturday 9 November 2019.

Call for proposals

UK Earth Law Judgments Project call for proposals

Introductory workshop on ‘Judgment writing from an Earth law perspective’, 1 July 2020

This half-day workshop will introduce those interested in writing judgments and commentaries to the idea of alternative judgment writing, to explore the vision for the UK Earth Law Judgments Project and to provide an opportunity for networking. It will include talks from the leaders of the Australian Wild Law Judgment Project and the UK project leads. If you wish to participate in the project as a judgment writer, commentary writer, artist or to be involved in some other way, and would like to join the workshop on July 1st, please provide a brief (maximum 300 word) outline of your field of expertise or interest and how you would like to contribute to the project and include a brief biography (max 100 words).

The deadline for expressions of interest is Monday 22nd June. Participants will be notified by Wednesday 24th June.

Call for judgment writers

Judgment and commentary writers are sought from all legal (or non-legal) backgrounds. No specialist knowledge of ‘environmental law’ is necessary and interdisciplinary contributions and collaborations are encouraged. If you would like to rewrite a judgment, please send a proposal including a title and brief (max 300 words) description of the judgment you would like to rewrite and an explanation of why you think that this judgment would be interesting to reimagine. Alternatively, you may wish to propose a judgment for a case that has yet to be brought in the UK courts, based on a set of facts that raise questions about people-nature relationships that are of significance in the UK. Please also provide a brief biography (max 100 words).

Due to the challenging circumstances that many of us faced around the time of our initial deadline, please note that we will be extending the deadline for submission of abstracts for judgments until September 4th.

Contacts

The project is co-ordinated by Dr Helen Dancer and Dr Bonnie Holligan, School of Law Politics and Sociology, University of Sussex.

For further information please contact us at B.Holligan@sussex.ac.uk or H.E.Dancer@sussex.ac.uk.