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CENTER FOR EARTH JURISPRUDENCE (CEJ)
Mission: The mission of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence is to advance legal principles, laws and governance that reflect a transformative Earth-centered perspective and support the well-being of all members of the Earth community.
The Center for Earth Jurisprudence (CEJ) is housed at the Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida. Its mission is to advance laws and governance that reflect humans’ interdependent relationship with the natural world. 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 the entire Earth community–that is, 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, 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.
CEJ contributes to the Rights of Nature movement by designing and sponsoring courses, publications, and events that foster professional and academic discourse on the implications of a new jurisprudence needed for the challenges of the first quarter of the 21st century and beyond. It partners with others to promote laws and cultural transformation that support ecologically sustainable, socially just, and spiritually meaningful societies for future generations.
CEJ furthers the mission of Barry University and of its sponsor, the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan, by extending respect, protection, and legal consideration to all human and nonhuman members of the Earth community; this includes consideration of the rights of future generations. This can only be accomplished by partnering with persons of good will who want to address the unprecedented ecological challenges of the 21st century. Some will work to do this from multiple interdisciplinary paths while others will contribute to an adoption of legal responses that protect the existence, right to habitat, and ethical consideration of all beings.
Barry University stands in a rich Catholic and Dominican tradition that honors the sacredness of creation and justice for all peoples. CEJ furthers this vision by promoting laws and legal responses that support an ecologically sustainable future for all.
Center for Earth Jurisprudence
Barry University – Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
6441 East Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32807
Jane Goddard, Associate Director
Patricia Siemen, OP, JD, Director
Sr. Pat Siemen on Rights of Nature at TEDxJacksonville 2013View video full screen on YouTube.
Florida’s Water and Land LegacyCongratulations to all who are working diligently and passionately in support of Amendment 1 on the November 2014 ballot. More than 960,000 voters signed petitions to place The Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment on the ballot. Learn more about Amendment 1 at VoteYeson1FL.org.
CEJ Events & Presentations
Save the Dates!
Fall Field Trip
Saturday, September 27, 2014
The Myth & Magic of Florida Springs
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Spring Field Trip
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Building an Earth Democracy: Protecting the Rights of Mother Earth & Humanity
February 2-6, 2015
Doon Valley, Dehradun, India
Join Dr. Vandana Shiva, PhD, Dr. Mira Shiva, MD, and Sister Patricia Siemen, OP, JD for a residential workshop at Navdanya's Earth University to examine the Rights of Mother Earth, and the customs and laws that protect all inhabitants' rights of exist, regenerate, and thrive.
Contact: Dr. Vinod Bhatt - vinod (at) navdanya.net or Patricia Siemen - psiemen (at) barry.edu
Discover more at Navdanya.org.
Other EventsUp the River Downtown
Saturday, August 23, 2014
A 10K open water swim, kayak flotilla, and bicycle ride focused on the St. Johns River, hosted by JumpingFish.
Contact: Info (at) JumpingFish.net
or (904) 673-4549
Learn more at JumpingFish.net.
Choosing our Legacy: Understanding Amendment 1
Thursday, August 28, 2014
6 p.m. - Music by The Ashley Gang
6:30 p.m. - Program
Gleason Performing Arts Center - FIT
Learn how Amendment 1 can protect rivers, lakes and streams, restore natural treasure, and preserve our beaches and shores. Speakers include former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham, environmental attorney Clay Henderson, and local business owner and 5th generation Floridian Laurilee Thompson. Hosted by Preserve Brevard.
Discover more and register for this FREE event at Choosing our Legacy.
3rd Annual Adena Protest Flotilla & Benefit
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Ocala Boat Club at Ray Wayside Park
Silver Springs, FL
The Water Protection Fund hosts a downstream paddle/float from Silver Springs to the park for an afternoon of live music, games, food and solidarity. Flotilla launches at 1 p.m. from Silver Springs State Park.
Contact: ahlers.karen (at) gmail.com
or (352) 546-3560
More info available at Water-First.org.
Learning to See Naturally ~ Nature Journaling WorkshopsVisit our nature journaling blog, Learning to See Naturally, for poems, photos, stories and other nature-inspired creative works from our workshop participants.
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