Saturday, October 20, 2012

If not trees, then rivers?

Four decades ago Professor Christoper Stone asked what he called an "unthinkable" question: "Should trees have standing? See Christopher Stone,  Should Trees Have Standing? - Toward Legal Rights for Natural Objects? 45 Southern California Law Review 450 (1972). I don't know if trees have standing in New Zealand. But it seems that one river now does. Tree Hugger [sic], New Zealand Grants a River the Rights of Personhood care2 make a difference [sic] (September 8, 2012). See also Kate Shuttleworth, Agreement entitles Whanganui River to legal identity New Zealand Herald (August 30, 2012).

It must be nice to live in a country that can afford to take such questions seriously.
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