Collective book

Collective Book

In the wake of the recognition of the Whanganui River in New Zealand, the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers in India, the Yarra River in Australia and the Atrato River in Colombia as legal entities subjects of rights, the International Observatory for the Nature’s Rights has initiated a reflection on the possibility of recognizing the St. Lawrence River, the “path that walks” as it is called by the First Nations, as a legal entity. The texts in this collective work deal with the implications of attributing a legal personality and rights to the St. Lawrence River, delve into the epistemological foundations of the paradigm of the recognition of the rights of Nature and present concrete cases of recognition of rivers as subjects of law.

Written by experts from several countries where the recognition of the legal personality of rivers has occurred, they take an in-depth look at the challenges and contributions of this paradigm shift in river protection. This book answers questions about the implications of such recognition and contributes to the process of building a new legal framework that has just begun in Quebec and Canada with the adoption in February 2021 of resolutions conferring the status of “legal person” on the MagPie/Muteshekau Shipu River located on the North Shore of Quebec and on the Nitassinan (ancestral territory) of two Innu communities, Ekuanitshit and Uashat mak Mani-utemam.

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