Earth system law: Exploring new frontiers in legal science
The Anthropocene requires of us to rethink global governance challenges and effective responses with a more holistic understanding of the earth system as a single intertwined social-ecological system. Law, in particular, will have to embrace such a holistic earth system perspective in order to deal more effectively with the Anthropocene's predicaments. While a growing number of scholars have tried to reimagine law and legal scholarship in a more holistic way, these attempts remain siloed. What is required is a shared epistemic framework to enable and enhance collaborative intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary research and co-learning that go hand in hand with thorough transdisciplinary stakeholder engagement. We argue that the nascent concept of earth system law offers such an overarching epistemic framework. This article serves as an invitation to fellow explorers from various legal fields, other disciplines, and from a wide range of stakeholders to explore new frontiers in earth system law. Our aim is to further stimulate the study of earth system law, and to encourage collaboration and co-learning in a fertile epistemic space that we share.
Earth System Governance
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Kotze, L.J., Kim, R.E., Blanchard, C., Gellers, J.C., Holley, C., Petersmann, M., van Asselt, H., Biermann, F., Hurlbert, M. (2022) Earth system law: Exploring new frontiers in legal science. Earth System Governance, 11, 100126. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esg.2021.100126