Earth Rights: Reframing society for the 21st Century
Co-presented with the Sydney Law School, the Environmental Humanities Group and the Human Animal Research Network, University of Sydney
Chaired by Professor Rosemary Lyster, Director, Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law, Sydney Law School
23 September, 2011
Environmental laws as presently conceived are incapable of addressing the fundamental challenges of the 21st Century such as climate change and the degradation of ecosystems. Cormac will make the case for an eco-centric approach to law and governance and explore the potential of Earth Jurisprudence and wild law to radically reshape law and society as we know it. He will explore the implications of the rapidly emerging global movement for the rights of nature and the potential to use Earth rights as a platform for building the global solidarity necessary to bring about the rapid and far reaching cultural change necessary to ensure a viable future for all.
Cormac Cullinan is an author, practising environmental attorney and governance expert based in South Africa. His groundbreaking book Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth Justice, has played a significant role in informing and inspiring a growing international movement to recognise rights for nature and he is a founder member of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. Cormac led the drafting of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth which was proclaimed on 22 April 2010 by the People’s World Conference in Bolivia, and in April 2011 he addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations on the Universal Declaration.