Rights of Nature Articles

Rights of Nature articles:


A collection of English and Spanish articles submitted by members and participants for the
2014 Global Rights of Nature Summit can be viewed at RoN Summit submissions.

If Nature Had Rights, Cormac Cullinan

Does Nature Have Rights? is a thought-provoking collection of essays presenting a compelling new paradigm – a paradigm based on the premise that nature does have rights and it is time that we as a global society recognize and honor those rights.

Rights of Nature: Planting Seeds of Real Change compiled by Global Exchange for the Rio Earth Summit 2012; The report includes articles from leading activists such as former UN Ambassador to Bolivia Pablo Solon, Vandana Shiva, Maude Barlow, Alberto Acosta, and many more.

Report from the Centre of the Earth, Lisa Mead – Earth Laws Alliance

Rights of Nature and the Economics of the Biosphere compiled by Global Exchange September 2013

Co-Violation of Rights

Read Earth Law Center’s new report on co-violations, 2016 update of Fighting for our Shared Future: Protecting Both Human Rights and Nature’s Rights.

Rights-Based Protection for Pachamama, Mari Margil – CELDF

What are Rights, and how can Nature “have” Rights?, Ben Price – CELDF

Comments on The Commons, Ben Price – CELDF

An Introduction to Earth Jurisprudence: Guiding Principles and Wild Law Possibilities – Voices for Earth Jurisprudence from the Center for Earth Jurisprudence

Includes Essays from Cormac Cullinan, Gaia Foundation & UK Environmental Law Association, Ecology Action et. al, Judith Koons, and  Aldo Leopold.

Giving Nature Its Own Rights Might Avert Future Oil Disasters, Brandon Keim

The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother EarthFrom The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth:

Vision: How to Change Our Laws So That Corporations Don’t Trump Communities Our environmental laws and regulations, rather than put in place protections for the environment, instead seem to be written to exploit it. Here’s what can we do about it. by Shannon Biggs and Mari Margil on AlterNet.

Vision: Nature Needs Rights — Why Our Human-Centric Model Will Doom Us and the Rest of the Planet We have built our economic and development policies based on a human-centric model and assumed that nature would never fail to provide or that technology would save us. By Maude Barlow on AlterNet.

Earth Rights – A Theory, Peter Burdon

The Rights of Nature – Reconsidered, Peter Burdon

Wildlaw Philosophy of Earth Jurisprudence,Peter Burdon

Recogniting Rights for Nature in the Ecuadorian Constitution, Fundacion Pachamama

Rights of Mother Earth – CUNY Graduate Center live blog panel Earth Day 2011

Earth Jurisprudence and Wild Law Resources recommended by Griffith University for Wild Law 2011 Earth Jurisprudence: Building Theory and Practice – Australia’s 3rd Wild Law Conference September 2011.

A Proposal For a Law of Mother Earth Plurinatinational State of Bolivia

Articles regarding the Universal Declaration of Rights of Nature:

Toward the Universal Declaration of Rights of Nature, Alberto Acosta

Legal Case for Universal Declaration, Cormac Cullinan

United Nations Nature Reports:

Governing People for Earth – The Challenge of the 21st Century (address by Cormac Cullinan to the United Nations General Assembly Interactive Dialogue on living in harmony with Nature, Wednesday 20 April 2011)

To view a Webcast of the address to the UN visit UN General Assembly Dialogue on Harmony with Nature, April 20, 2011

Harmony with Nature, United Nation’s Report

Study on the need to recognize and respect the rights of nature, United Nations