‘Anthropocentrism in European Private Law and the Case of Ben Nevis’

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a constitutional state in possession of democratic institutions must have been made by humans. Law more generally is a human construction. Law is considered by some to be even problematically anthropocentric, that is, it would be overtly focused at human interests and thereby neglect the interests of animals and other forms of life on the planet. Yet, in national legal systems across the globe, more and more natural entities get assigned legal personality: rivers, woods, mountains, even Mother Earth herself. This fascinating movement has entered the sphere of European private law …” (more)

[Judges in Utopia, 14 December]

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