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

An initial workshop for judgment writers will be held at the Middle Temple in the heart of London's legal community on 1 and 2 June 2020. Judgment 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.

Please see the full call below for details. The closing date for submission of proposals for judgments is Friday 3 April 2020.

UK Earth Law Judgments Project call for proposals

A later workshop will bring together judgment writers and commentators. If you wish to participate in the project as a commentator or to be involved in some other way (for example, artists) please get in touch and we will add you to our project mailing list for future activities and events.

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.