Rights of Nature on the Island of Ireland: Origins, Drivers and Implications

35 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2023

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Rachel Killean

The University of Sydney - Faculty of Law; Queen's University Belfast School of Law

Jeremie Gilbert

University of Roehampton

Peter F. Doran

Queens University Belfast - School of Law

Date Written: March 14, 2023

Abstract

In June 2021 Derry City and Strabane District Council in Northern Ireland adopted a pioneering motion on the ‘rights of nature.’ Within days, a similar motion was adopted by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, followed by Donegal County Council in the Republic of Ireland in December 2021. To date, little research has been conducted into the nascent rights of nature movement on the island of Ireland. Existing analyses on rights of nature initiatives in Europe are generally quite limited, with few empirical studies to date. Yet, the movement across the island of Ireland raises important questions about the drivers (e.g., philosophical, cultural, political, legal) to pursuing rights of nature, as well as the implications of such initiatives. This paper contributes to addressing this gap, exploring these themes through an analysis of interviews with key stakeholders conducted across the island in June 2022.

Suggested Citation

Killean, Rachel and Gilbert, Jeremie and Doran, Peter F., Rights of Nature on the Island of Ireland: Origins, Drivers and Implications (March 14, 2023). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4388964 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4388964

Rachel Killean (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Queen's University Belfast School of Law ( email )

School of Law
Belfast BT7 1NN, BT7 1NN
Ireland

Jeremie Gilbert

University of Roehampton ( email )

Roehampton Lane
London, SW15 5PU
United Kingdom

Peter F. Doran

Queens University Belfast - School of Law ( email )

28 University Square
Stormont
Belfast, Northern Ireland BT5 7BG
United Kingdom

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