Project period: start: 01.07.2020 – end: 31.12.2023

Funding source: Norges forskningsråd

Project owner: OsloMet
(Faculty of Education and International Studies)

Project manager: Axel Borchgrevink

Through the study of legal cases and their aftermath in three countries – Colombia, India and New Zealand – we explore in this project the implications of recent court rulings recognizing rivers as subjects or persons.  

Our research will create new, relevant and critical knowledge about an apparent innovative form of environmental protection, and with particular attention to the following:

a) the mechanisms established for enforcing rivers protection for different user groups;

b) the implications for existing legal frameworks and debates on the rights of nature;

c) the insights these cases may offer for current debates about how to understand and govern the relationship between society and the natural world.See full project description here

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