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The traditional civil codes distinguish between the law of persons and the law of things. This demarcation is however under pressure owing to the emerging transnational movement called rights of nature or earth jurisprudence. Around the world, natural entities that long would have been regarded as things – animals, but also rivers, for example, and mountains, forests, even Mother Earth herself – are recognised as persons before the law. This means they are endowed with rights and that they get standing to defend their intrinsic interest before courts. The ACT conference Private Rights for Nature aims to reflect on the private law dimensions of this movement. Excellent speakers have already confirmed.

Detail Summary
Start date 4 June 2020
End date 5 June 2020
Time 12:30
Organised by Laura Burgers

We are delighted to invite scholars and practitioners with all levels of experience to submit an abstract engaging with the theme of the conference by 31 March 2020.

Please e-mail your abstract of up to 500 words including footnotes and a small bio to

Authors whose contributions are accepted will be invited to present their paper at the conference and will be expected to submit their paper beforehand. Final papers will be circulated among the participants in advance of the conference.

Travel and accommodation costs of speakers selected will be (partly) reimbursed. Ideally, this event results a special issue of a peer reviewed journal. Initial interest by the editors of a journal of excellent quality has been expressed. 

For the full call for papers, including more information on the conference theme, the program and a list of the confirmed speakers see below.

Deadline for paper abstracts: 31 March 2020 
Notification of acceptance: 14 April 2020 
Draft paper due: 25 May 2020 

Call for Papers- Private Rights of Nature Private Rights for Nature - conference description and programme