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Dr Alessandro Pelizzon
LLB(Torino), LLM(Torino), PhD(UOW)
Current Appointment: Lecturer
Organisational Unit: School of Law & Justice - Lismore

Telephone: 02 6620 3369
Location: Block L - Room L2.38
Campus: Lismore

Brief Biographical Details
Italian by birth and Australian by choice, Alessandro Pelizzon completed his LLB/LLM in Law in Italy with a specialisation in comparative law and legal anthropology. His thesis comprised a field research project on pre-Colombian family protocols in the Andes of Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. Alessandro has been involved in Indigenous rights for over 15 years. Together with other young researchers in Italy, during his university years he established a research group with which he participated in and supported the drafting of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva. His PhD thesis, conducted at the University of Wollongong and completed in 2011, and now published as a book, focused on native title and legal pluralism in the Illawarra. During the course of his PhD research project, Alessandro began to explore the emerging discourse on rights of nature, Wild Law and Earth Jurisprudence. His main area of interest is the intersection between this emerging discourse and different legal ontologies, with a particular focus on Indigenous legal structures. Alessandro has organised the Second Australian Conference on Wild Law and Earth Jurisprudence in 2010 and has contributed to the organisation of the Third Australian Wild Law Conference at Griffith University in 2011, he is one of the founding members of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and of the Australian Wild Law Alliance and he has contributed to establish the Earth Laws Network at Southern Cross University. Alessandro’s main areas of research are legal anthropology, comparative law, legal theory, Indigenous rights and ecological jurisprudence.

Courses Taught
2012 Session 1
Philosophy of Law (UA)
Australian Legal System (UA)
Legal Research: Context, Perspective and Method (UA)

2011 Session 2
Independent Legal Research (UA)
Australian Legal System (UA)

2011 Session 1
Philosophy of Law (Primary teacher)

Current Research
Aboriginal sovereignty in Australia
Sovereignty and the Doctrine of Discovery
Wild Law, Earth Jurisprudence and Ecological Jurisprudence

Areas of expertise
Legal Anthropology
Legal theory
Comparative law and legal pluralism
Research methodology
Sovereignty and Indigenous sovereignty
Ecological jurisprudence

Alessandro has appeared on numerous radio interviews with SBS Radio Italia, Bay FM, ABC Radio Lismore, CAAMA Radio.

Seminar and conference organization
(co-organiser), ‘Litigating the Boundaries of Sovereignty (Legal Intersections Research Centre at the University of Wollongong, 23 May 2012)
‘What if nature had rights’, Earth Laws Network launch (SCU, 20 September 2011)
(co-organiser), third Australian Wild Law conference (Griffith University, 16-18 September 2011)
‘Keeping the Fire’, second Australian Wild Law conference (University of Wollongong & SPATE, 22-25 July 2010)

Earth Laws Network (SCU)
AWLA (Australian Wild Law Alliance)
Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature

Research Supervision
· Susan Lane (Honours)
· James Moylan (Honours)
· Gabrielle O’Shannessy (Honours)
· Stuart Barlo (Honours – Gnibi College)

· Erin Kindt (Honours)
· Daniel John Peterson (Honours – Gnibi College)

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Last Updated: 20/06/2012 11:03:10 PM