Published on May 17, 2018
Invitation to a Book Project on Earth System Law and a Task Force Meeting at the Utrecht Conference on Earth System Governance on 8 November 2018
Earth System Law: Standing on the Precipice of the Anthropocene
We invite you to work with us on an edited volume on earth system law. The book will explore this entirely novel and emerging concept from multiple disciplines including law, science, and ethics. Earth system law challenges the premise that humans are separate from nature and recognizes instead that humanity is now a global geophysical force, a unique species with the ability to intentionally shape the Earth system – yet still only one among many. Building on the work of the earth system governance project, earth system law reflects the notion that the law is a social institution that plays an increasingly important, but sometimes questionable and often ineffective, role in addressing the pressing problems of earth system governance, from the local to the global. This book will lay out and interrogate the foundations for earth system law and its relationship to sustainable development in the context of the Earth’s interdependent socio-ecological systems, as we move forward into the Anthropocene.
The book is anticipated to have the following three-part structure with individual chapters guided by a preliminary set of questions:
1) The analytical dimensions of earth system law
2) The normative dimensions of earth system law
3) The transformative dimensions of earth system law
This book project will be an interdisciplinary undertaking, and we welcome contributors from all disciplinary backgrounds. If you are interested in joining the book project, please register via the conference registration form available here.
For more information about the Task Force on Earth System Law, click here. For general enquiries, contact Rakhyun E. Kim (email@example.com).