Wild Law – a vision for an Earth centred legal system

In Melbourne Australia

Friday 17 August 2012, 9am – 4.30pm

The Australian Wild Law Alliance (AWLA) and Environmental Defender’s Office (Vic), invite you to a one day workshop that explores what Wild Law is and what it might offer modern environmental law. This is the first workshop in the ‘AWLA Roadshow’ series, which will see AWLA travel to each State and Territory during 2012 and 2013, to open up spaces for discussion and action relating to Wild Law and Earth Jurisprudence.

This workshop will be of interest to legal practitioners, academics, regulators, policy makers, activists, students and interested members of the community.

60L Green Building, Ground Floor Meeting Rooms, 60 Leicester Street, Carlton.

$20 per person for the full day event

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The program

An introduction to earth jurisprudence

Elements of Wild Law

  • Rights of nature and global activism – Peter Burdon
  • Living within the limits of the natural world – Michelle Maloney
  • Indigenous and cross cultural perspectives – Alex Pelizzon

Plenty of time allowed for questions and discussion.

Lunch will be catered by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

Panels and discussion on local and topical issues.

Panellists include:

  • Samuel Alexander, Simplicity Collective – Earth Jurisprudence and stepping outside the growth model.
  • Erin O’Donell, Melbourne University Law School – The environment’s right to water – the environmental water reserve and the environmental water holder
  • Mick Power, EDO mining law expert, – If not “sustainable mining” then what?
  • Julia Dehm, Melbourne University Law School – Nature as ‘natural capital’ in the Rio +20 ‘green growth’ paradigm – problems with the economic reductionist understanding of nature.
  • Felicity Millner, EDO Principal Solicitor – Do trees need standing anyway? Developments and issues with the rights to defend and protect nature in the courts.

Interested in joining a panel? Contact Brendan Sydes at the EDO on 8341 3100 or

Wild Law is a new legal theory and a growing social movement in Australia, and around the world. It proposes that we rethink our legal, political, economic and governance systems to support rather than undermine the natural world. As human activities continue to degrade the natural environment and threaten the healthy functioning of the Earth system, can our environmental laws keep up? Are they capable of protecting the environment?

Wild Law or Earth Jurisprudence offers a positive vision for creating Earth centred laws and governance structures to ensure human societies can live within ecological limits and support the integrity and health of the Earth.