Grant Wilson ’12

Executive Director and Directing Attorney, Earth Law Center

My vision is to create a new generation of laws that protect the rights and interests of all life on our shared planet.

Our legal system is rooted in the exploitation of the natural world. Nature has no rights under the law but instead is defined as mere human property. Our economy also encourages the destruction of nature for profit. Although environmental laws limit the damage, they operate within this same flawed paradigm, treating the symptoms but not the disease.

I work to change this by writing and enforcing new laws that protect nature’s unique rights and interests. Although the journey has been difficult, I have successfully helped pass a suite of new “Earth laws” across the world. I am also a lead editor of a new law school coursebook called Earth Law: Emerging Ecocentric Law—A Practitioner’s Guide (Wolters Kluwer, 2021). Follow Earth Law Center online to learn more!

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