For more information on the concept of Earth System Law, see the paper “Earth system law: The juridical dimensions of earth system governance” by Task Force members Louis Kotzé and Rak Kim, published in the Earth System Governance Journal (in press)
Task Force on Earth System Law
The Earth System Governance Project set up a new global research initiative, the Task Force on Earth System Law. This Task Force will establish an interdisciplinary community of scientists working in the fields of sustainability law and governance at all levels of social organization.
The concept of earth system law is intended to reflect the legal dimensions of large-scale transformations, which range from traditional environmental policy problems to the governance of earth system transformation. A major objective of this Task Force is to explore novel legal developments in and for the Anthropocene, where the earth as a whole is now seen to have become a socio-ecological system with human societies acting as a global geophysical force capable of changing this system, and at once as stewards of earth system care.
In light of the potential far-reaching epistemological, ontological, ethical and normative implications of the Anthropocene, the Task Force on Earth System Law aims to address pressing questions of the Anthropocene by searching for fresh, radical and innovative legal approaches for enabling and governing planetary transformations.
The Task Force invites both theoretical and empirical research related to earth system law. Key themes and questions might include:
1. Analytical Perspectives on Earth System Law
2. Normative Approaches to Earth System Law
3. Transformative Potential of Earth System Law
The Task Force on Earth System Law invites scholars from different disciplines, regions, and career stages who want to broaden their view on earth system law in the Anthropocene. It aspires to launch, first, a Task Force website and a webinar series. Further, it aims to create interdisciplinary workshops and panels on thematic issues at Earth System Governance conferences and other conferences. The Task Force also pursues joint publications, namely edited volumes and special issues with major university presses.
Dr. Rak Kim, assistant professor, Utrecht University, The Netherlands (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Prof. Dr. Dr. Louis Kotzé, professor, North-West University, South Africa (Louis.Kotze@nwu.ac.za)
Task Force Manager
Catherine Blanchard, PhD candidate, Utrecht University, The Netherlands (email@example.com)
Associate Earth System Governance Lead Faculty Members
Prof. Dr. Frank Biermann, professor, Utrecht University, The Netherlands (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Prof. Dr. Kenneth Abbott, professor, Arizona State University, USA (Ken.Abbott@asu.edu)
Dr. Michelle Scobie, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago (Michelle.Scobie@sta.uwi.edu)
Associate Earth System Governance Senior Research Fellows
Prof. Dr. Tim Stephens, professor, University of Sydney, Australia (email@example.com)
Prof. Dr. Harro van Asselt, professor at University of Eastern Finland Law School; senior research fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Prof. Dr. Margot Hurlbert, associate professor, University of Regina, Canada (Margot.Hurlbert@uregina.ca)
Dr. Timothy Cadman, research fellow, Griffith University, Australia (email@example.com)