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Authors Phil Green
Published 2015
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"I have no illusions that we can simply declare a Law for the Commons. The very idea and its variations must first be formulated for our modern context, and then fought for. But at a time when existing regimes of law and governance are in a shambles – losing public respect, failing to meet people’s basic needs, destroying the Earth – I believe that commoning and laws to enable it have a bright future. Commons can meet people’s needs in fair, open and effective ways, and provide a dignity, respect and equality that the market/state order has trouble achieving. By cultivating more direct engagement with people, and demanding that they step up to responsibilities, commons also have great promise in improving ecological stewardship." David Bollier [1]

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Australian court finds government has duty to protect young people from climate crisis, May 27 [2]

Court orders Royal Dutch Shell to cut carbon emissions by 45% by 2030, May 26 [3] ...Climate news 2021

Freeing the Future, May 2 [4] ...Germany news

European Parliament urges support for making ecocide an international crime, January 21, 2021. Public consultation launches on legal definition. [5]


International lawyers draft plan to criminalise ecosystem destruction, Nov 30 [6]

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Children's climate change case at the European Court of Human Rights: what's at stake? Dec 4 [7]

A crime called "ecocide": how Macron in France, and the Danish Parliament, are willing to use laws (and referenda) to hit climate targets, Aug 10 [8]

Airline bailouts without climate conditions could be unlawful, May 5 [9] ...UK Climate news 2020

Environmental Personhood: Recent Developments and the Road Ahead, Sanket Khandelwal, Apr 24 [10]

The government must abandon its fossil fuel power projects. If not, we’ll sue, George Monbiot, Mar 4 [11]


Dutch supreme court upholds landmark ruling demanding climate action, Dec 20 [12]

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Waorani People Win Landmark Legal Victory Against Ecuadorian Government, Apr 26 [13]

River granted full rights of legal personhood, Mar 7 ...New Zealand

Ohio city votes to give Lake Erie personhood status over algae blooms, Feb 28 [14]

Demanding a 'right to repair', Jan 16 [15] ...Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle


Dutch appeals court upholds landmark climate change ruling, Oct 9 [16]

Why the world is looking to the Philippines for climate justice, Feb 22 [17]

Government air quality plan ruled ‘unlawful’, Feb 21 [18] ...Environment quality UK news



New Zealand gives Mount Taranaki same legal rights as a person, Dec 22 [19]

New Zealand creates special refugee visa for Pacific islanders affected by climate change, Dec 9 [20]

I shut down an oil pipeline – because climate change is a ticking bomb, Emily Johnston, Nov 24 [21] ...Climate news 2017

Oakland Sue 5 Oil Giants for Climate Change Impacts, Sep 20 [22] ...San Francisco

The new "ecological civilization" will be born in China, according to the best environmental lawyer, Sep 23 [23]

How Community-Led 'Rights of Nature' Initiatives Are Protecting Ecosystems, Aug 31 [24]

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Governments face 'wave of legal action' over climate change inaction as natural disasters worsen, activists warn, Aug 29 [25] ...Climate news 2017

Mapped: Climate change laws around the world, May 11 [26]

Cruel Intentions -- Opposition to Climate Change Response is Swiftly Becoming Illegal, Apr 12 [27]

New Zealand river granted same legal rights as human being, Mar 16 [28]


ICC widens remit to include environmental destruction cases, Sep 15 [29]


The Strategic Value of Developing Law for the Commons, David Bollier, September 6 [30]

"I consider this strategy memo as the catalyst for a new discussion – and, I hope, action. The vision is obviously too big for any one of us, or small group of us, to handle alone. But the push of a few dominos could start a chain-reaction of much greater scale – and as my review of commons-based legal initiatives suggests, there are a quite a few of us engaged in law-related commons advocacy. Can we take expand this work to a deeper, richer level?"


Revolution Justified: Review, December 4 [31]

Campaigns[edit | edit source], added 15:36, 16 August 2020 (UTC)

Eradicating Ecocide, supporting Ecocide Law.

Ecocide is the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been or will be severely diminished. W
In 2010 it was proposed that the Rome Statute be amended to include the international crime of Ecocide. The proposal was submitted to the United Nations International Law Commission who are ‘mandated to promote the progressive development of international law and its codification’. The purpose of the submission was to create the offence of ecocide as the 5th international Crime Against Peace and put in place an international criminal law at the very top level on a par with other Crimes Against the Peace. W

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  • Ecocide W

Law for the Commons Wiki, Commons Transition Wiki

  • Commons Law Project, "a bold attempt to imagine a new architecture of law and public policy that can effectively address climate change and other urgent ecological problems while advancing human rights and social empowerment. Given the manifest failures of the existing State/Market duopoly to achieve these goals, is imperative that we move beyond reforms of the existing system to instigate new types of governance structures. We see “commons law” (not to be confused with common law) as a way to integrate a broader notion of economics, human rights, and commons-based governance into a compelling new paradigm of environmental protection.
Our book, Green Governance: Ecological Survival, Human Rights, and Law of the Commons (Cambridge University Press, 2013) provides a full argument for this vision. It was preceded and grows out of an earlier, unpublished essay, “Regenerating the Human Right to a Clean and Healthy Environment in the Commons Renaissance.”"

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