"Wild Law" Is Conventional Environmental Law Dead? Building a Rights-Based Nature Jurisprudence
Published: April 4, 2007
Widener University School of Law Environmental Law Society Presents:
"Wild Law" Is Conventional Environmental Law Dead? Building a Rights-Based Nature Jurisprudence

Wednesday, April 18th 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Widener University School of Law (Wilmington)
Ruby Vale Courtroom

All Welcome - Refreshments & Roundtable Discussion Following

PA & DE CLE Credit Available, 1.5 hrs credit ($3 for PA CLE)

Free for all other attendees
wildlawCould "wild laws" change environmental law and protect the Earth's community, including animals, plants, rivers and ecosystems? "If we are members of a community, Cullinan says, then our rights must be balanced against those of plants, animals, rivers and ecosystems . . . In a world governed by wild law, the destructive, human-centered exploitation of the natural world would be unlawful." (The Guardian, 08Nov06) How does it work? Come hear the experts speak about it including the new and local laws recognizing 'rights of nature'!

Featured Speakers:
linzeyThomas Linzey
is Executive Director and co-founder of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit law firm that provides free and affordable legal services to community groups and over 300 local governments. He is a cum laude graduate of Widener University School of Law and 3-time recipient of Widener's Public Interest Law Award, a 2003 recipient of the Law School's Young Alumni Award, a 2003 finalist for the Ford Foundation's Leadership for Changing World Award, and a 2004 recipient of the Pennsylvania Farmers Union's Golden Triangle Legislative Award. He has served as an independent candidate for Attorney General, receiving over 65,000 votes statewide. He is a co-founder of the Daniel Pennock Democracy School - now taught at 15 locations across the United States - which assists groups and communities to reframe seemingly "single" environmental issues into ones focused on eliminating the ability of corporate "rights" to trump the rights of communities. He co-drafted the 2006 Tamaqua Borough Sewage Sludge Ordinance recognizing ecosystems as "legal persons."

cullinanCormac Cullinan is Public Interest Lawyer, former anti-apartheid activist, and author of Wild Law. He is a senior environmental lawyer at Winstanley & Cullinan, Inc. in South Africa, and adviser on institutional, policy and regulatory reform in the fields of environment and natural resource management. He was admitted as an attorney in 1989 and has specialized in environmental law since 1992 when he completed a Masters degree in environmental law at University of London. Known for developing practical and innovative approaches, Cormac is an expert on international and South African environ- mental law and policy. Cormac also manages EnAct International and is a member of the IUCN Environmental Law Commission. He has worked on these issues in more than 20 countries, including 10 in sub-Saharan Africa. In the academic field, he has lectured and written widely on governance issues related to human interactions with the environment and several works commissioned and published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

To make a reservation, contact Constance Sweeney at (302) 477-2177 or cmsweeney@widener.edu.