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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 References Bibliography

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.

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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.

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"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

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