Wild Law
A Manifesto for Earth Justice

By Cormac Cullinan

Wild Law

First of Foreign Books among The Ten Nationwide Good Books in China - 2017

Paperback, 208 pages £19.99
Published: 26th May 2011
ISBN: 9781900322904
Format: 216mm x 138mm

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PDF, 208 pages
Published: 30th August 2011
ISBN: 9780857840295
Published: 30th August 2011
ISBN: 9780857840301
Published: 18th September 2018
ISBN: 9780857841476

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Wild Law fuses politics, legal theory, quantum physics and ancient wisdom into a fascinating story. It has been seminal in informing and inspiring the global movement to recognise rights for Nature – a movement destined to shape the twenty-first century as significantly as the human rights movements shaped the twentieth century. This revised edition includes a new preface, postscript and the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth proclaimed on 22 April 2010.

Wild Law presents a vision of how we could transform the systems that structure and order industrialised societies to enable us to rediscover a viable role for our species within the Earth community. It reveals how the goverance systems of today legitimise and promote the disastrous expolitation and destruction of Earth. The author explains how to begin transforming these systems to ensure that the pursuit of human well-being enhances the beauty, health and diversity of Earth instead of diminishing it.

Wild Law describes an Earth-centred approach to ordering human societies (Earth jurisprudence), how to apply it, and it's emerging role as a common manifesto for promoting social and environmental justice, the conservation of biological and cultural diversity, animal rights and welfare, and green spirituality.

Foreword by Thomas Berry   


Part 1: Rethinking governance


1 Anthills and aardvarks        


Part 2: The world as we know it


2 The illusion of independence

3 The myth of the master species

4 Why law and jurisprudence matter 

5 The conceit of law 


Part 3: Earth governance


6 Respecting the Great Law  

7 Remembering who we are 

8 The question of rights 

9 Elements of Earth governance 


Part 4: The journey into wildness


10 Seeking Earth jurisprudence 

11 The rhythms of life 

12 The law of the land 

13 A communion of communities 

14 Transforming law and governance 


Part 5: The terrain ahead


15 The mountain path 


Postscript  The emergence of Wild Law


Appendix  Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth    




“Every now and then, an idea emerges that helps the human species to evolve. Wild Law is one such idea and is brilliantly explained in this book. Cormac Cullinan leads us toward a new relationship with Mother Earth – just in time.”

- Maude Barlow - activist, co-founder of the Blue Planet Project

“Even in an age that feels itself to be enlightened and humane, and condemns cruelty to animals, and claims to take “the environment” seriously, the idea of “Wild Law” still seems, to many, to be bizarre. How can wild creatures, or landscapes, be granted the same kind of respect – the same rights – in law, as a human being? Yet, as Cormac Cullinan argues so powerfully, the morality of this is clear, and the logic of the case seems impeccable. Indeed we should be asking, can we claim to be fully civilized in the absence of such laws?”

- Colin Tudge - author of 'The Secret Life of Trees'

"This book of Cormac Cullinan explains with great clarity how we can change our entire approach to governance so that we can continue life on a liveable planet. In its basic outlines this book is one of the finest contributions to the entire field of jurisprudence in recent times."

- Thomas Berry - author of 'The Dream of the Earth', 'The Universe Story' and 'The Great Work'

"Wild Law is a stimulating, eminently readable response to our governance crisis. The survival of our species and health of the Earth family depends on our ability to transform governance systems so that humans become part of the ecological matrix of biological and cultural diversity. This book is a milestone on that path."

- Dr Vandana Shiva - President of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology

"The arrogance of the 'civilised' world has blinded it to the wisdom of the wisdom of the indigenous people for too long. Cormac Cullinan's call for the indigenous voices and the wisdom of thousands of years of human experience to be heard in the heart of our governance systems is both timely and powerful. This provocative and groundbreaking book is an important milestone in the process of finding a viable ecological role for contemporary human societies."

- Marin von Hildebrand - co-ordinator of COAMA

"We desperately need some new thinking today about systems of global governance. We're stuck with the same obselete, ignore-the-earth institutions that were brought into being after the 2nd World War, and they're now failing is ever more catastrophically. Wild Law shows just how radical we now need to be in creating new institutions that are genuinely 'fit for purpose' in the 21st Century.

- Jonathon Porritt - Director of Forum for the Future

"We urgently need to rethink our legal and political systems if we are to stop environemntal destruction. The radical ideas in Wild Law will give both lawyers and grass-root activists the tools they need to start the process."

- Michael Meacher - former UK Minister for the Environment

"Wild Law is to law what quantum physics is to physics."

- Alessandro Pelizzion - co-founder of Earth Laws

Cormac Cullinan

Cormac Cullinan is an author, practicing environmental attorney, and governance expert who has worked on environmental governance issues in more than twenty countries. He is a director both of Cullinan and Associates, Inc., a specialist environmental and green-business law firm, and the governance consultancy EnAct International.

At the invitation of Bolivia, Cullinan spoke at the 2009 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and led the drafting of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth, which was proclaimed on April 22, 2010, by the People’s World Conference on Climate Change and the Environment in Bolivia.

In September 2010, Cullinan played a leading role in establishing a Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Alliance. Cullinan is also a research associate of the University of Cape Town, sits on the City of Cape Town’s climate-change think tank, and is a nonexecutive director of ICLEI Africa. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 208 pages
ISBN: 9781900322904
Format: 216mm x 138mm

Binding: Electronic book text, 208 pages
ISBN: 9780857840295
Format: PDF

Binding: Electronic book text
ISBN: 9780857840301
Format: EPUB

Binding: Electronic book text
ISBN: 9780857841476
Format: Kindle

BISAC Code:  LAW051000
Imprint: Green Books

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