1st Edition

Rights of Nature A Re-examination

Edited By Daniel P. Corrigan, Markku Oksanen Copyright 2021
    210 Pages
    by Routledge

    210 Pages
    by Routledge

    Rights of nature is an idea that has come of age. In recent years, a diverse range of countries and jurisdictions have adopted these norms, which involve granting legal rights to nature or natural objects, such as rivers, forests, or ecosystems. This book critically examines the idea of natural objects as right-holders and analyzes legal cases, policies, and philosophical issues relating to this development.

    Drawing on contributions from a range of experts in the field, Rights of Nature: A Re-examination investigates the potential for this innovative idea to revolutionize the concepts of rights, standing, and recognition as traditionally understood in many legal systems. Taking as its starting point Stone’s influential 1972 article "Should Trees Have Standing?," the book examines the progress rights of nature have made since that time, by identifying central themes, unifying principles, and key distinctions in how rights of nature discourse has been operationalized in the disciplines of law, philosophy, and the social sciences. These themes and principles are illustrated through a wide variety of examples, including ecosystem services, indigenous thinking, and ecological restoration, demonstrating how the relationship between humanity and the natural world may be transforming.

    Taking a philosophical, political, and legal perspective, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of environmental law and policy, environmental ethics, and philosophy.

    1. Rights of Nature: Exploring the Territory
    Daniel P. Corrigan and Markku Oksanen

    2. Taking Stock of the Rights of Nature
    J. Michael Angstadt and Marion Hourdequin

    3. Pachamama as a Legal Person? Rights of Nature and Indigenous Thought in Ecuador
    Andreas Gutmann

    4. "Rights of Nature" in a Water Market
    Francine Rochford

    5. The Rights of Nature as Politics
    Mihnea Tănăsescu

    6. Environmentally Conditioned Human Rights: A Good Idea?
    Giulia Sajeva

    7. Human Rights and Rights of Nature: Prospects for a Linkage Argument
    Daniel P. Corrigan

    8. Rights-Based Restoration
    Linnea Luuppala

    9. Toward a New Framework for Rights of the Biotic Community
    Alfonso Donoso

    10. Fundamental Challenges for Rights of Nature
    Patrik Baard

    11. Close Reading Stone: Investigating the Seminal Article
    Markku Oksanen and Anne Kumpula


    Daniel P. Corrigan is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Marymount University.

    Markku Oksanen is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy in the Department of Social Sciences, University of Eastern Finland.