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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.
CEJ Events & PresentationsHidden Springs Paddle
with Bill Belleville, author and documentary filmmaker
Saturday, April 25, 2015
9 a.m. - noon
Katie's Landing State Park
Spend the morning kayaking on the Wekiva River and experience the waters and wildlife of one of Central Florida's treasures.
RSVP required by April 22.
Contact: jmarsden (at) barry.edu for more information and to RSVP.
Other Events"Green Fire"
Barry Environmental Law Society
with Vince Lamb, naturalist/photographer
Monday, April 6, 2015 - 5:00 p.m.
Barry University School of Law
6441 E. Colonial Drive
Room ALC 210
Learn about Aldo Leopold's life and work, including the development of his Land Ethic, through this engaging film and the Q&A that follows.
Contact: (321) 206-5788 or jgoddard (at) barry.edu
Environmental & Earth Law Summit
Climate Disruption: Choosing Our Environmental Destiny
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 5-7 p.m.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 9-4 p.m.
Barry University School of Law
6441 E. Colonial Drive
Global climate disruption has been called the most important issue of our time. We invite you to join us as distinguished experts explore international, national and local impacts and offer innovative approaches to address the challenges ahead.
Contact: E-mail esummit (at) barry.edu or
click here to discover more information and to register.
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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