Earth Jurisprudence and the Murray Darling: The Future of a River

Peter D. Burdon

University of Adelaide - School of Law

May 28, 2012

This article critiques the draft Murray-Darling Basin Plan from the perspective of an emerging theory of law termed Earth Jurisprudence. While the Draft Plan purports to be concerned with ecological management, this paper argues that it actually legitimizes the continued exploitation of the Murray-Darling. Next, the paper considers an alternative approach to ecosystem management that is based on the scientific concept of ‘Ecological Integrity’. This approach views the Murray-Darling as an interconnected hole and demands that its ecological needs receive the highest priority.

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Keywords: earth jurisprudence, wild law, environmental regulation, water law

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Date posted: May 28, 2012  

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Burdon, Peter D., Earth Jurisprudence and the Murray Darling: The Future of a River (May 28, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2067995 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2067995

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University of Adelaide - School of Law ( email )
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Adelaide 5005, South Australia SA 5005
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