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Objectives

The objectives of the Earth Laws Network are the following:

Research

  • Generate and produce innovative and high quality collaborative and multidisciplinary research.
  • Promote thinking and practice that extends ethical and legal consideration to all components of the natural world.
  • Establish and promote the Earth Laws Repository, a central reservoir for existing and emergent scholarship in the fields of Earth Jurisprudence and related fields.
  • Provide a broad range of resources to assist collaborations and scholarship which reflects and engenders a transformative eco-centred perspective.
  • Facilitate the development of rigorous international and Australian scholarship in highly-regarded journals.
  • Contribute to emergent scholarship in the fields of Earth Jurisprudence and related fields by generating publications and networks that foster and promote practices that support ecologically sustainable and socially just societies for future generations.

Education and Training

  • Prepare and motivate scholars, lawyers, policy makers and others to think about innovative solutions to global and local ecological challenges and to act upon them.
  • Promote and support postgraduate research in the fields of Earth Jurisprudence and related fields.
  • Develop undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

International Journal of Earth Laws

  • Establish and promote the International Journal of Earth Laws, a peer-reviewed electronic journal addressing issues related to the fields of Earth Jurisprudence and multidisciplinary and critical ecological governance. Both the review board and the articles published will be international in scope and include contributions from scholars at the forefront of their respective fields.

Collaborations, Partnerships and Community Engagement

  • Provide a wide range of scholarly resources to inform effective, innovative interventions to minimise harmful impacts on the environment, conserve nature, build resilient local communities, and create sustainable livelihoods.
  • Inform and foster public awareness and considered and responsive policy making.
  • Engender collaborative partnerships with local, national and international scholars and community organisations.
  • Engender opportunities for collaboration and communication between the School, the University and outside partners. Such collaborative partnerships might include:
    • Animal Law Education Project, Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre
    • Environmental Defenders Office
    • Institute for Critical Animal Studies
    • Australian Wild Law Alliance
    • Centre for Earth Jurisprudence, Florida (USA)
    • Earth Law Center, California (USA)
    • Alliance for the Rights of Nature
    • EnAct International, University of Cape Town

Events

  • Organise events, such as seminars, conferences and similar activities, to promote the activities of the Earth Laws Network.