Welcome to the Wild Law special interest group page. We invite you to join our group, attend our events and get actively involved! If you are interested please get in touch.
What is Wild Law?
Wild Law is a phrase coined by the lawyer and author Cormac Cullinan to describe a holistic approach to law and governance. This approach is based on principles of ecology, that all of life is an interconnected web of which human beings are only a part. It seeks to align law with ecology and the science of living systems. The current system of law and governance places human beings at the centre, and views us as separate from Nature. This view promotes the exploitation of Nature by seeing it as a resource base largely for the benefit of humans. This has led to the multiple environmental crises we now face.
Events - What's coming up and what does the group do?
Our events aim to promote the understanding of Wild Law and related concepts and attitudes, through fostering discussion and initiatives around how we can improve our relationship with Nature through Law. Our Wild Law Weekends hope that by being immersed in a more natural environment, participants can get a better understanding of the issues and develop creative ways of connecting Nature with Law. All members are encouraged to propose and help organise activities. Please contact us to join the group, which is open to all UKELA members.
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and restrictions, we will not be able to run the 2021 Wild Law weekend. So, instead, we will be holding two Not the Wild Law weekend seminars on 9 April and 23 October between 11 and 4. If you have any ideas for themes or speakers do please contact us.
The 2020 & 2021 Wild Law weekends did not go ahead due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The 2019 Wild Law conference on a theme of 'Wild Law and Activism' was held at the University of Sussex on Saturday 9 November.
Wild Law weekends
Our Wild Law weekends are always a popular highlight of the year. Usually held in late May, we take the opportunity to head outdoors for a couple of days of walking and discussion, staying in comfortable hostel accommodation.
We are hosting a virtual 'Not the Wild Law Weekend' for 2021 (in April and October - see events page).
The 2020 Wild Law weekend has been postponed.
The 2019 Wild Law weekend took place in late May at Boggle Hole Youth Hostel, near Whitby in North Yorkshire. A mixed group of 22 delegates enjoyed an exhilarating weekend of walks, talks and companionship in the beautiful coastal countryside.
Since 2005, we have held weekends and events in many wonderful locations, including the Lake District, Northumberland, the Isle of Arran, the shores of Loch Lomond, the hills of Derbyshire, the South Downs, and many more. Read about them below.
>Wild Law weekend report by Colin Robertson
>Previous Wild Law weekends history
Organising a Wild Law weekend - policy and guidelines
>Read more about Wild Law in current law
For further reading and background about Wild Law and Earth Jurisprudence, follow the links below.
>Read more about our Wild Law activities and history
>Wild Law friendly organisations