A Global Environmental Constitution and the Achievement of Socio-Ecological Justice in the Anthropocene


Louis Kotzé (North-West University) focused particularly on one of the ways to change international environmental law, through discussion of a ‘global constitution’, involving legal reform based on constitutional legal rules, but without a global state. Such reform could occur in the same manner as human rights law, with states as the subjects, and work to entrench legal environmental norms.


This talk was held at:

Imagining a Different Future

Climate Justice Conference

The University of Tasmania with the support of the University of Utrecht Ethics Institute hosted a multidisciplinary conference examining the barriers to responding to climate change, implementing climate justice, and proposing ways forward. Among the keynote speakers were Law Faculty Professors Jan McDonald and Ben Richardson. The Law Faculty's Dr Peter Lawrence co-convened the conference with Jan Linehan. The conference took place in Hobart from 8-9 Feb 2018.

Despite the Paris Agreement, there are real concerns the prevailing neoliberal economic and political model, particularly with the move to more insular, nationalistic, fragile politics, cannot respond effectively to climate change and excludes key considerations such as ethics and justice. Videos and Podcasts from the conference are available on the Knowledge Hub.