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Thursday, 15 February 2024 - 3.15pm
Location: 
David Attenborough Building, Room 2.49

Speaker: Prof Daniel Cole (Robert H. McKinney Emeritus Professor of Law, Indiana University)

The Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy, and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG) is hosting a seminar series throughout the 2023- 24 academic year.

In recent decades, watersheds, rivers, and forests around the world have been granted legal rights amounting to legal personhood, enabling them to hold property rights, enter contracts, and sue and be sued. In this presentation, I will explain the meaning and practical consequences of legal personhood designation for watersheds and forests. There is reason to believe that such a policy move could lead to better, i.e., more sustainable management. But advocates who believe the move is necessarily a game-changer are likely to be disappointed. Like practically all policy experiments, outcomes are not preordained, and a lot depends on the details of policy implementation. I will compare and contrast a few cases in order to demonstrate how some approaches to resource personhood are likely to be more successful than others simply due to the institutional details and how they are being implemented.

Seminars take place as hybrid meetings (in person seminars in the DAB - David Attenborough Building + online in Zoom) every Thursday (please check precise time as may vary) during the term. Please register online to receive the Zoom link on the day of the seminar. Everyone is welcome!

 

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