Understanding the Rights of Nature
A Critical Introduction
Rivers, landscapes, whole territories: these are the latest entities environmental activists have fought hard to include in the relentless expansion of rights in our world. But what does it mean for a landscape to have rights? Why would anyone want to create such rights, and to what end? Is it a good idea, and does it come with risks? This book presents the logic behind giving nature rights and discusses the most important cases in which this has happened, ranging from constitutional rights of nature in Ecuador to rights for rivers in New Zealand, Colombia, and India. Mihnea Tanasescu offers clear answers to the thorny questions that the intrusion of nature into law is sure to raise.
KeywordsRights of Nature; Ecuador; New Zealand; Legal Personality; Law; Nature; Politics; Civil Society; Social Philosophy; Environmental Policy; Social Movements; Political Science
Publication date and placeBielefeld, 2022
Social & political philosophy
Central government policies