Engagements and entanglements of legal and more-than-human worlds 2: Environmental and climate justice

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Legal Geography Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 4:30 PM / 6:10 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Roosevelt 4, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Organizers: Alida Cantor, Chris Knudson
Chairs: Alida Cantor


Legal geographers are increasingly examining issues of how law interacts with biophysical environments and more-than-human actors (Delaney 2017; Cantor and Emel 2018), while political ecologists have begun to pay greater attention to legal arenas in their examinations of environmental contestations (Andrews & McCarthy 2015; Kay 2016; Cantor 2017). Recent years have seen novel approaches to environmental law that offer openings to rethink human-environment relationships. For example, in New Zealand, Ecuador, India, and Colombia, rivers have been granted legal personhood, the right to stand in court (Cano Pecharroman 2018). In the US, the public trust doctrine is being leveraged in multiple ways-- for example, to protect atmospheric resources for future generations (Blumm and Wood 2017) and to restore streamflow for Indigenous cultural uses in Hawaii (Sproat 2018). These efforts are grounded in a variety of principles, including deeply-held Indigenous traditions, post-anthropocentrism, the precautionary principle, and legal pluralism (Cantor and Emel 2018; Roth et al 2005). Meanwhile, the biophysical world continues to change, requiring legal systems to adapt in response (Craig 2010). This session focuses on the intersections between legal geography and the more-than-human environment, broadly defined. Papers focus on the mobilization of law in novel ways to advance the interests of ecological justice and human and environmental rights. We include a range of topics and perspectives from those who may or may not identify as ‘legal geographers’ per se.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Anna Sveinsdottir*, University of Denver, From the street to the courts: The judicialization of environmental struggles in Guatemala 20 4:30 PM
Presenter Mark Ortiz*, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill - Chapel Hill, NC, The Youthful Body and Atmospheres of Slow Emergency in Juliana v. United States 20 4:50 PM
Presenter Teresa Bornschlegl*, PUCP, Geospatial advocacy? The use and effects of geospatial technologies for making Earth Rights matter 20 5:10 PM
Presenter Emily Williams*, UCSB, Attributing Climate Change Impacts in Kivalina, Alaska – 10 Years after the Landmark Lawsuit 20 5:30 PM
Discussant Eric Perramond Colorado College 20 5:50 PM

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