Rule of Law for Nature: New Dimensions and Ideas in Environmental Law

After the conference Rule of Law for Nature in May 2012 the most visionary  contributions were chosen for publishing. Editor is Professor Christina Voigt, who also headed the conference set up by the Research group in natural resources law.

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Human laws must be reformulated to keep human activities in harmony with the unchanging and universal laws of nature.’ This 1987 statement by the World Commission on Environment and Development has never been more relevant and urgent than it is today.

Despite the many legal responses to various environmental problems, more greenhouse gases than ever before are being released into the atmosphere, biological diversity is rapidly declining and fish stocks in the oceans are dwindling.

This book challenges the doctrinal construction of environmental law and presents an innovative legal approach to ecological sustainability: a rule of law for nature which guides and transcends ordinary written laws and extends fundamental principles of respect, integrity and legal security to the non-human world.


The editor, Christina Voigt, is a professor in the Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo, Norway, where she works in particular on legal issues of climate change, sustainability and the interface between environmental and trade Law.

The contributors:

Hans Christian Bugge, Edith Brown Weiss, Nicholas A. Robinson, Klaus Bosselmann, Cormac Cullinan, Gerd Winter, Louis Kotze, Christina Voigt, Froukje M. Platjouw, Anastasia Telesetsky, Chinweze Chizoba, Jideani Chukwuemeka, Gwen Z. Abiola-Oloke, Jan G. Laitos, Linda Sheehan, Massimiliano Montini, Annika K. Nilsson, Christina Verones, Rebecca M. Bratspies, Surya Deva, Tore Henriksen, Robin Warner, Mary Turnipseed, Michael C. Blumm, Duncan E. J. Currie, Kristina M. Gjerde, Peter Sand, Mary C. Wood, Julie A. Hambrook Berkman, Ryke Longest, Gail Osherenko, Stephen E. Roady, Raphael D. Sagarin, Larry B. Crowder.

Tags: Natural resources, Trade and finance By Kirsti Aarseth
Published Dec. 5, 2013 10:41 AM - Last modified Sep. 18, 2015 2:44 PM