New Project to CRS: Realizing Rights of Nature: Sustaining Development and Democracy, Marianne Dahlén, Victoria Enkvist and Seth Epstein


Marianne Dahlén, Victoria Enkvist and Seth Epstein have been granted ca 10 million sek over 4 years for a research project studying developments in the Rights of Nature. The grant was awarded as part of a highly competitive call from the government research council for sustainable development focusing on realising the U.N. 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. 

If Rights of Nature become established this may mean that rivers, forests or even nature in general gain status as rights-bearing legal subjects. The legal, political and economic consequences of this can be far reaching. Interdisciplinary research is therefore necessary to unpack the challenges and opportunities which Rights of Nature could bring. 

Seeking to address this the new project brings together legal scholars and historians to compare the arguments which are highlighted in the debate on Rights of Nature today with arguments from other movements which have concerned the emergence of new rights-bearing legal subjects throughout history (such as rights for women, children, people of colour).

​This perspective will allow the researchers to both identify common dynamics that shaped movements’ relationships to fundamental social, political, and legal change and consider how the extension of rights to non-humans may remake these dynamics.


Last modified: 2021-06-15