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Wild Law Judgment Project

The Australian Wild Law Judgment Project is a joint initiative of the Southern Cross University School of Law and Justice and the Australian Earth Laws Alliance. We have been inspired by various feminist judgment re-writing project.

In participating in the wild law judgment project, which was inspired by various feminist judgment projects, contributors have creatively reinterpreted judicial decisions by rewriting existing judgments, or creating fictional judgments, as wild law.

In the collection of rewritten judgments, the authors interrogate the anthropocentric and property rights assumptions embedded in existing common law by placing Earth and the greater community of life at the centre of their rewritten and hypothetical judgments. Covering areas as diverse as tort law, intellectual property law, criminal law, environmental law, administrative law, international law, native title law and constitutional law, this unique collection provides a valuable tool for practitioners and students who are interested in learning more about the emerging ecological jurisprudence movement. It helps us to see more clearly what a new system of law might look like, on in which Earth really matters.

The collection of judgments and commentaries from the project will be published in May 2017 by Routledge: Nicole Rogers and Michelle Maloney (eds), Law as if Earth really mattered: the wild law judgment project. Contributors include Justice Brian Preston, Chief Judge of the New South Wales Land and Environment Court, Professor Irene Watson, Pro Vice Chancellor Aboriginal Leadership and Strategy and Professor of Law, University of South Australia, and Cormac Cullinan, author of Wild Law: a Manifesto for Earth Justice and founder of the wild law movement.

As Professor Nilufer Oral, Chair of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, writes in the preface of the book, 'wild law's time has come.'

Visit the Australian Earth Laws Alliance website for details about the Wild Law Judgment Project.


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Rosemary Hunter, Clare McGlynn and Erika Rackley (eds), Feminist judgments: from theory to practice (Hart Publishing, 2010).

Heather Douglas, Francesca Bartlett, Trish Luker and Rosemary Hunter (eds),Australian feminist judgments: righting and re-writing law(Hart Publishing, 2014).

Thomas Berry, The Great Work: Our Way Into the Future (Bell Tower, 1999).

Cormac Cullinan, Wild law: A manifesto for earth justice (Green Books, 2003).

Michelle Maloney and Peter Burdon (eds), Wild law: in practice (Routledge, 2014).

Peter Burdon (ed), Exploring Wild Law: The Philosophy of Earth Jurisprudence (Wakefield Press, 2011).

Nicole Rogers and Michelle Maloney, 'The Australian Wild Law judgment project' (2014) 39(2)Alternative Law Journal172.