The purpose of this research group is to develop an international network of researchers concerned with constitutional aspects of rights of nature and animals. Rights of nature and animals encompasses the changes in various legal regimes ranging from the constitutional to the municipal level where nature, either as a whole or as discrete natural entities, and animals as individuals or species, are regarded as rights-bearers or legal subjects. During the past decade and a half, non-human natural entities such as these have become legal subjects in a growing number of jurisdictions around the world. This network will enable academic exchange from a constitutional perspective to contribute the theoretical grounding to understand these legal developments and how they might be effective.
This research group seeks to address constitutional and other legal challenges that are developing in the wake of new rights recognitions. These rights present challenges to longstanding ideas about who can be a legal subject, how they can be represented and what their place is in a democracy. Animal and nature rights have further been recognized as a transnational legal development where different jurisdictions are influenced by each other, which also necessitates an international research network. An international network enables us to address these challenges from multiple angles and has the potential to fertilize further research. We seek to facilitate and create a forum for cooperation, a meeting hub where scholars can initiate new and innovative cooperative research on rights of nature.
This research group will:
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