Earth System Law: Exploring New Frontiers in Legal Science

Kotze, Louis, Kim, Rakhyun, Blanchard, Catherine , Gellers, Joshua, Cameron, Holley, Petersmann, Marie, Van Asselt, Harro, Biermann, Frank and Hurlbert, Margot (2021) Earth System Law: Exploring New Frontiers in Legal Science. Earth System Governance, 11 . pp. 1-9. ISSN 2589-8116

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The Anthropocene requires of us to rethink global governance challenges and effective responses with a more
holistic understanding of the earth system as a single intertwined social-ecological system. Law, in particular,
will have to embrace such a holistic earth system perspective in order to deal more effectively with the
Anthropocene’s predicaments. While a growing number of scholars have tried to reimagine law and legal
scholarship in a more holistic way, these attempts remain siloed. What is required is a shared epistemic
framework to enable and enhance collaborative intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary research and co-learning
that go hand in hand with thorough transdisciplinary stakeholder engagement. We argue that the nascent
concept of earth system law offers such an overarching epistemic framework. This article serves as an invitation
to fellow explorers from various legal fields, other disciplines, and from a wide range of stakeholders to explore
new frontiers in earth system law. Our aim is to further stimulate the study of earth system law, and to encourage
collaboration and co-learning in a fertile epistemic space that we share.

Keywords:Anthropocene, Earth system governance, Earth system law, interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, Intradisciplinarity
Subjects:M Law > M210 Public Law
M Law > M130 Public International Law
Divisions:College of Social Science
ID Code:48764
Deposited On:28 Mar 2022 08:33

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