- ABOUT US
- Rights of Springs
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 discusses Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Sí, on News 13′s “In Depth” 10/9/15View video full screen on YouTube.
Sr. Pat Siemen on Rights of Nature at TEDxJacksonville 2013View video full screen on YouTube.
CEJ Events & PresentationsProtecting Our Common Home
A CEJ Webinar Series
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016: Highlights of Third International Tribunal on the Rights of Mother Earth and the December 2015 Paris Climate Summit
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016: Rights of Nature: What Are They?
Wednesday, March 16, 2016: Florida Constitutional Revision Committee and a "Community Rights" Amendment Protecting Human and Ecological Health
This web-based seminar series explores emergent legal systems and cultural themes and addresses the intrinsic rights of nature and the international Earth laws movement. Topics will include law and policy, ethics, principles of environmental sustainability, science, and spirituality.
For registration or further information, please e-mail Sr. Pat Siemen or call (321) 206-5779. Please RSVP at least 48 hours before each program. Directions for participation will be sent to you.
Other Events:~ More events coming soon! ~
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.
Tag Cloudadvocacy belonging climate change climate justice community culture earth Earth jurisprudence ecological justice Ecology ethic events Florida future generations history Lagoons & Estuaries Pat's Blog publications public trust resiliency Rights of Nature Rob Williams springs sustainability team water Wild Law words
- First-Ever Sustainable Energy Roadmap for the Caribbean Launched October 28, 2015PRESS RELEASE | Contact GAELLE GOURMELON | For immediate releaseCaribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) Baseline Report and AssessmentNotes to Editors: For more information: To download a free copy of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) Baseline Report and Assessment visit here or contact Gaelle Gourmelon at gg […]Gaelle Gourmelon
- First-Ever Sustainable Energy Roadmap for the Caribbean Launched October 28, 2015