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Rights of Nature: why it might not save the entire world?

Bétaille, Julien (2019) Rights of Nature: why it might not save the entire world? Journal for European Environmental & Planning Law, vol.16 (n°1). pp. 35-64.

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Abstract

The advent of Rights of Nature (RoN) marks a new paradigm shift in the philosophical approach to nature. As such, the concept has generated enthusiasm amongst environmentalists and legal scholars. This is not surprising since granting legal personhood to nature seems to present itself as a relative easy fix for the multitude of deficiencies of “modern” environmental law. However, when critically assessed, many of the underlying assumptions justifying a shift towards rights-based approaches to nature are open to challenge. In this paper, which takes a more critical stance on the topic of RoN, it is submitted that also the much criticized modern environmental law is moving towards a recognition of the intrinsic value of nature, puts breaks on property rights, offers remediation actions for pure ecological damage and also increasingly grants environmental NGOs wide access to courts. Moreover, on a second level, it is argued that RoN are not a legal revolution and that many of the problems Rights of Nature tries to cure – such as a lack of enforcement – will simply re-emerge if not adequately assessed with in this novel paradigm.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: 27 March 2019
Refereed: Yes
Place of Publication: Leyde
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rights of nature
Keywords (French): Droits de la nature
Subjects: A- DROIT
A- DROIT > A1- Généralités
A- DROIT > A1- Généralités > A1-1- Introduction au droit
A- DROIT > A1- Généralités > A1-2- Philosophie du droit
A- DROIT > A1- Généralités > A1-8- Principes généraux du droit
A- DROIT > A3- Droit public
A- DROIT > A3- Droit public > 3-3- Libertés publiques
A- DROIT > A3- Droit public > 3-3- Droit administratif
Divisions: Institut des Études Juridiques de l'Urbanisme et de la Construction (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2021 09:18
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2021 12:04
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/42307

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