We are working to protect the sustainability of life and health on Earth.

 

Our Mission

The mission of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence is to advance law, policy, and governance systems aimed to legally protect the sustainability of life and health on Earth.


Our work is based upon the concept that humanity has a basic responsibility to care for and protect the long-term health and well-being of the entire Earth community, meaning all beings and ecosystems that constitute the natural world.
— Sister Patricia Siemen, Director

About US

We are a team of lawyers working to advance legal principles that will protect nature. Our work advances laws and governance that reflect humans’ interdependent relationship with the natural world-- remembering that we are dependent on a healthy Earth.  It is premised on the concept that humanity has a foundational responsibility to care for and protect the long term health and well-being of all beings and ecosystems that constitute the natural world.  CEJ seeks to develop a philosophy and practice of law that respects the natural world in its own right and recognizes humans as an integral member of the Earth community.

Earth jurisprudence is closely allied with environmental law but is, in fact, broader.  After forty years of implementation of environmental rules, many ecosystems across the planet are as near or still closer to critical tipping points as before.  Clearly–indeed, urgently–a more significant transformation of legal, economic and cultural paradigms is required to extend legal consideration to the value of the natural world and its multifaceted functions in sustaining life on Earth.

Our work is based on three core concepts:

  • humans are an integral part of nature
  • we have a fundamental responsibility to protect the long-term health of nature
  • our current legal systems fail to recognize nature's rights to exist and flourish

What do we do?

We are:

  • promoting law and policy that protects the integrity and resilience of nature.
  • designing and sponsoring courses, publications, and events that foster professional and academic discourse on the implications of an emerging jurisprudence needed for the challenges of the first quarter of the 21st century and beyond.  
  • partnering with others to promote laws and cultural transformation that support ecologically sustainable societies for future generations.

Where are we?

The Center for Earth Jurisprudence (CEJ) is housed at the Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida. CEJ furthers the mission of Barry University by extending respect, protection, and legal consideration to all beings that constitute the natural world; this includes consideration of the rights of future generations.