Ian Mason and Begonia Filgueira
Wild law,human rights, clean environment, Earth Jurisprudence and governance, economy versus the environment, compatibility with economic prosperity
This Research Paper reports on research undertaken under the auspices of UKELA and the Gaia Foundation to look at existing environmental laws from various countries and assess them in terms of their “wildness”. We need to learn how we can make our environmental laws more effective and this research is the first step towards informing our understanding of the issues. From one perspective, it can be viewed as an attempt to develop a new philosophy of legal thinking but, at the same time, it is intended to provide some practical pointers to help shape the way we use law to protect the environment. Until such times as we can persuade human society as a whole to act less selfishly, this may be our best chance.
Ian Mason and Begonia Filgueira, ‘Wild Law: Is There Any Evidence of Principles of Earth Jurisprudence in Existing Law and Legal Practice?’ (UK Environmental Law Association and the GAIA Foundation Research Paper, March 2009)