Private Property and the Environment
By Peter Burdon
Routledge – 2015 – 192 pages
Series: Law, Justice and Ecology
This book argues that the institution of private property is anthropocentric and needs to be reconceived. Drawing on international case law, indigenous views of property and the land use practices of agrarian communities, Peter Burdon considers how private property can be reformulated in a way that fosters duties towards nature.
The dominant rights-based interpretation of private property entrenches the idea of human dominion over nature. Accordingly, nature is not attributed any inherent value and becomes merely the matter of a human property relationship. Earth Jurisprudence: Private Property and the Environment explores how an alternative conception of property might be instead grounded in the eco-centric concept of an Earth community. Recognising that human beings are deeply interconnected with and dependent on nature, this concept is proposed as a standard and measure for human law. Using the theory of Earth Jurisprudence as a guide, this book outlines an alternative eco-centric description of private property, as a relationship between and among members of the Earth community.
This book will appeal to those researching in law, justice and ecology, as well as anyone pursuing an interest more particularly in Earth Jurisprudence.
Acknowledgements, Introduction: Series Editor Anna Grear, Foreword: Professor Klaus Bosselmann, Chapter One: Introduction, Chapter Two: Anthropocentrism and Private Property, Chapter Three: Earth Community, Chapter Four: A Theory of Earth Jurisprudence, Chapter Five: Private Property Revisited, Epilogue: The Great Work, Bibliography
Peter Burdon is based at Adelaide Law School