Gaia Foundation would like to share an exciting opportunity to recognize and embed Earth Jurisprudence/Law principles in an international court for the environment.
There is currently a movement to establish an International Court for the Environment (ICE) which will hold government and others to account for environmental damage. In the meantime the ICE Coalition are proposing a Tribunal to resolve environmental disputes.
For more information see: http://icecoalition.com/
Holistic Law proposal
A lawyer, Mumta Ito, connected with the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland (http://www.findhorn.org/) is proposing a restorative and holistic approach to dispute resolution -rather than the current judgement based/adversarial approach.
Mumta proposes to draw on processes such as restorative circles and systemic constellations, and incorporating Earth Jurisprudence/Law principles. Mumta refers to this integrated approach as ‘holistic law’ where the role of a lawyer is to ‘heal conflict’ rather than perpetuate it.
The proposed restorative/Earth Law arm would initially run parallel to the mainstream tribunal and could be housed at Findhorn. It would offer a way of healing the conflict at its source and taking into account stakeholders whose voices are not recognised or heard in the mainstream legal system – such as Earth and future generations and their indigenous/local community custodians. The long term vision is to integrate Earth Law restorative justice into the tribunal’s main process of dispute resolution.
This is a timely and complementary proposal to transform the current human-centred institutional system into an Earth Law grounded institution.
The ICE Coalition have invited Mumta to submit a proposal early 2013 to deepen discussions. Mumta warmly welcomes any reflections and contributions.
Given your work in reviving, advocating and practicing Earth Jurisprudence/Law we would be delighted if you could share your experiences, especially of any Earth Law based institutions/structures and restorative justice processes.
If you are interested in learning more and/or contributing to the draft proposal please do get in touch with Mumta.
Look forward to hearing from you
Earth Jurisprudence Coordinator and legal researcher
The Gaia Foundation