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

Jérémie Gilbert, Rachel Killean

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Over the course of 2021, several local councils across the island of Ireland introduced motions recognizing the ‘Rights of Nature’. To date, little research has been conducted into these nascent Rights of Nature movements, even though they raise important questions about the philosophical, cultural, political, and legal drivers in pursuing such rights. Similarly, much remains unclear as to the implications of such initiatives, both in their domestic context and for Rights of Nature movements around the world. This article contributes to addressing this gap by exploring these themes through an analysis of interviews with key stakeholders conducted across the island of Ireland in June 2022. In particular, it explores the impact of international movements, colonial legacies, cultural heritage, and years of inadequate environmental governance, in motivating local councils to pursue a Rights of Nature strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
JournalTransnational Environmental Law
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jan 2024

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