Wild Law

Wild Law is the implementation of Earth Jurisprudence principles in legal systems.


Cullinan, C., Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth Justice, (Green Books, 2002) and 2nd edition (2011)

Burdon, P. (ed), Exploring Wild Law: The Philosophy of Earth Jurisprudence (Wakefield Press, 2011)

Burdon, P. and Maloney, M., Wild Law – in Practice, (Routledge, 2014)


Australian Earth Laws Alliance Conferences papers

Boyle, S., ‘On Thin Ice‘, The Guardian, Wednesday November 8, 2006

Brenan, T., ‘Wild Law: Recognising the Rights of Nature’, Permaculture, 2011

Burdon, Peter D. ‘Towards an Earth-friendly legal system‘, 2009

Burke, A., and Fishel, S., Why Nature and Wildlife need their own seats at the United Nations, TruthOut, 2016

Cullinan, C. ‘Taking Climate Change Seriously’ 20 ELM 2008, 58-63

Cullinan, C., ‘Wild Law and the Challenge of Climate Change’, 37 Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture 116 (2007)

Cullinan, C.,‘Wild Law: sustainable development and beyond?’ (2007)

Environmental Law & Management (ELM) special issues: 20 ELM 2008, March- April 2007 and 18 ELM 2006

Filgueira, B., and Mason, I. ‘Wild Law: Is Earth Jurisprudence a practical philosophy of law?’ 21(5) ELM 2009, 260-269

Filguera, B. and Mason, I., ‘Wild Side of the Law‘, The Guardian 4th May 2009

Gaia Foundation and UKELA report: ‘Wild Law: is there any evidence of Earth Jurisprudence in existing law and practice?‘ 2009

Guth, J., ‘Law for the Ecological Age‘, 9 Vermont Journal Of Environmental Law 431 (2008)

Higgins, P., Eradicating Ecocide: Laws and Governance to Stop the Destruction of the Planet, Shepheard-Walwyn (Publishers) Ltd, 2010

Kimbrell, A., ‘Halting the Global Meltdown, can Environmental Law play a role?’ 20 ELM 2008, 64-70

Murray, J. Earth Jurisprudence, Wild Law, Emergent Law: The Emergent Field of Ecology and Law – Part 2.

Rivers, E:., ‘Creative Regulation: How Wild Law Can Rehabilitate Governance and Regulation’ (2007) 19 ELM 84-86

Rivers, E., ‘How to be a Wild Lawyer’, Environmental Law & Management, issue 18 (2006)

Rivers, E. ‘Wild Law Spreads like Wildfire!’ Report on first Australian Earth Jurisprudence Conference, 2009

Southern Cross University Law Review’s 2011 Special Edition on Earth Jurisprudence

Stone C. D., Should Trees Have Standing? And Other Essays on Law, Morals and the Environment (New York: Oceana Publications 1996)

Strickland, M., ‘Fighting for Earth Justice: The First Wild Law Mock Trial’, 20 ELM 2008, 76-80

Submissions to the United Nations’ Rio +20 Summit calling for Earth-centred governance by the Alliance for Future Generations, Earth Law Centre, Global Alliance for Rights of Nature, Wild Law UK, Planetary Boundaries Initiative.

Voigt, C., (Ed.) Rule of Law for Nature: New Dimensions and Ideas in Environmental Law (Cambridge University Press, 2013)


BBC Radio 4 Law in Action (20 January 2009) exploring the rights of ecosystems

BBC Radio 4’s Unreliable Evidence programme, 27th May 2009

Brenan, T., Permaculture and Wild Law interview 2014

Costing the Earth- Can Lawyers Save the World. Interviews including Gaia Foundation, Climate 9 and Polly Higgins

Ecocide mock trial in UK Supreme Court, organised by Polly Higgins and Hamilton Group. See Ecocide Act, trailer and film.

Ecocide Sentencing, Restorative Justice Event podcast 31st March – featuring the Gaia Foundation as voice of Earth and wider humanity

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