Rights of Nature: Rivers That Can Stand in Court

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by Lidia Cano Pecharroman. An increasing number of court rulings and legislation worldwide are recognizing rights
of nature to be protected and preserved. Recognizing these rights also entails the recognition that nature has the right to stand in court and to be represented for its defense. This is still an incipient field and every step taken in this direction constitutes a precedent from which to learn and on which to base new rulings and legislation initiatives.

Within this doctrine, rivers seem to be on the spotlight and court rulings on the rights of rivers are the ones setting precedent. These cases have taken place in New Zealand, Ecuador, India, and Colombia. This review looks into what all these rulings and legislation worldwide say about the rights of nature and what legal and systemic considerations
should be taken into account as the recognition of the rights of nature moves forward.

Published in Resources, 2018. Dowload the paper here …