Embracing a Whole Systems Approach to Law-making, Contract Drafting, Legal Practice and Dispute Resolution
A whole systems approach to law requires a fundamentally new way of applying law in our society. It is only by embracing the fact that humans are just one part of an intricately connected, interdependent whole that we can shift from the tunnel-vision of our current destructive practices to a life-enhancing, life-sustaining whole. Embracing Earth Law, the Profound Interdependence of all Beings, Non-Violence and Healing among its foundational principles, Wholistic Law seeks to evolve the paradigm of our current legal system from one that is predominantly adversarial and based on judgment and control, to one that is collaborative, co-creative and in service to all life. In examining and addressing the root cause of why conflict occurs, we find solutions where the overall wellbeing of the whole is prioritised over individual or group interests. In doing so we break the victim/perpetrator cycles perpetuated by the current system and bring balance and health back into our legal and governance systems and into life itself.
Wholistic Law expresses itself by bringing this awareness into the way we draft new laws and agreements, in the way that lawyers work with their clients and in the way that we resolve conflict. The role of a wholistic lawyer is that of a deep ecologist, peacemaker, healer of conflict and facilitator of healthy relationships with all of life.
Evolving Earth Law
A Findhorn Community Event
Evolving our legal and governance systems
in the context of our life-support system, the Earth –
Where are we now, where are we going?
11-12 May 2012 (date to be confirmed)
We are at a time in the history of our planet of rapid change and potential. Our legal and governance systems are reflections of our collective consciousness. As that consciousness evolves, the systems that currently exist will no longer have the capacity to serve the collective that created them, so they too will be compelled to evolve.
If we are aware of the whole field of law and legal practice as one of unfulfilled potential of which we are all an integral part, then what might we be called to do in our practices and lives in order to consciously influence its evolution?
During this unique weekend, which draws on deep systems healing, systemic constellation work and other dialogue processes we will explore what factors in our society arepreventing Earth law from becoming mainstream. By working with the individual issues that we collectively present, we will reveal the underlying dynamics that keep our legal system entrenched in its current paradigm and discover how to best focus our energies to create a new paradigm that supports all life.
Systems and field theory suggest that everything that we do directly impacts the energy field in which we exist. This work can stimulate radical innovation-capacity and inner-leadership potential, to empower each of us to be the change that we wish to see in our respective environments, providing us with a deeper awareness of the bigger picture and the most effective way forward.
Venue: Findhorn, Moray, Scotland, IV36
Time: 9.30am – 5pm
Cost: [to be confirmed]
To register your interest in this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
International Centre for Wholistic Law (ICWL) – Findhorn Community, Scotland
Lawyers Mumta Ito and Lisa Mead are setting up the International Centre for Wholistic Law (ICWL), based at the Findhorn Community in Scotland, which for the last 50 years has been an incubator for ecological practices and innovative ways for people to live, work and co-create in harmony with each other and with nature.
The ICWL will have 3 areas of focus – Earth law; wholistic legislation and contract drafting; and wholistic dispute resolution. We will provide information and support for practitioners, a networking hub and education and training for legal professionals and other interested people. Additionally, we are proposing to establish a wholistic arm of the International Court for the Environment (ICE) Tribunal where a variety of methodologies can be co-created and explored.
If you are interested in learning more about the future work of the ICWL, getting involved and/or attending the forthcoming inaugural seminar (date and subject-matter to be announced soon) please send an email with your contact details to: