Victoria Enkvist, Seth Epstein och Marianne Dahlén har fått bidrag från Formas

25 september 2020

Vi gratulerar Victoria Enkvist, Seth Epstein och Marianne Dahlén som har fått bidrag från Formas för forskningsprojektet Att förverkliga naturens rättigheter. Håller utveckling och demokrati. Bidraget täcker fyra års forskning och är totalt på 10 501 000 kronor. Seth Epstein är projektledare och projektet är knutet till Centrum för religion och samhälle (CRS). Projektet är nära kopplat till vår nya doktorand i rättshistoria Elin Boyer.

Att förverkliga naturens rättigheter: Håller utveckling och demokrati / Realizing Rights of Nature: Sustaining Development and Democracy

This project examines the environmental, legal, and political implications of the decision to treat natural features and entities as rights-bearing legal subjects. The extension of rights to these new subjects has been the solution in a growing number of jurisdictions over the past decade to the challenges outlined in Goals 15 and 16 of the U.N. 2030 Sustainable Development Goals: the creation of sustainable management of ecosystems characterized by biodiversity and inclusive, accountable institutions of environmental governance. These largely grassroots initiatives are known by the umbrella term Rights of Nature (RoN). We assess how these initiatives may alter the anthropocentric focus of much environmental protection, the centrality of private property and economic development to individual and collective aspirations, and the political institutions that have justified themselves through the rhetoric of exclusive human flourishing. This project supplies a contextualized, comparative, and historical perspective that so far has been absent from analyses of the potential and challenges of Rights of Nature arrangements. It considers the new legal subjects produced by RoN in relation to the rights-bearing subjects that emerged from previous movements. This perspective allows us to both identify common dynamics that shaped movements’ relationships to fundamental social, political, and legal change and consider how the extension of rights to non-humans may remake these dynamics.