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Liberalism and Rights of Nature: A Comparative Legal and Historical Perspective
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre. (Realizing Rights of Nature: Sustaining Development and Democracy)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6758-6956
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Department of Law.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Department of Law.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Department of Law.
2022 (English)In: Law, Culture and the Humanities, ISSN 1743-8721, E-ISSN 1743-9752Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

A growing number of jurisdictions have recently granted rights to nature. This article places the potential disruptions generated by this legal development in historical, comparative perspective. The questions that scholars are asking about rights of nature (RoN) are similar to many of those asked by historians and legal scholars about human rightsholders. These questions arise from some of the tensions within liberalism. Placing these tensions in comparative context offers a framework with which to interpret RoN developments. Doing so demonstrates, first, the capacity of the existing liberal order to incorporate challenges into already functioning structures and, second, that such efforts to manage the claims of new subjects of rights nonetheless can transform relations. In our conclusion, we argue that a comparative perspective may allay the tendency to exoticise rights of nature by examining the extent to which their development in sometime contentious and sometimes complementary relationship with democratic institutions is reflected in historical efforts to define and make meaningful the rights of human rightsholders.

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2022.
Keywords [en]
Rights of Nature, liberalism, Earth Jurisprudence, legal history, rights revolution
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Law and Society History
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Environmental Law
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-475617DOI: 10.1177/17438721211065735Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85131586999OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-475617DiVA, id: diva2:1664018
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 2020-00437Available from: 2022-06-03 Created: 2022-06-03 Last updated: 2022-12-06Bibliographically approved

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