Earth Restorative Justice
Restorative approaches to environmental harms

Environmental pollution and the depletion of natural resources have caused great harm to our Earth and her inhabitants. This website explores if Restorative Justice can play a role in healing environmental harms.

The Palgrave Handbook of Environmental Restorative Justice

I'm very pleased with the publication of the Palgrave Handbook on Environmental Restorative Justice!

Scholars Brunilda Pali (KU Leuven) and Miranda Forsyth & Felicity Tepper (Australian National University) have done a fantastic job in editing this pioneering handbook. It covers a wide variety of subjects, from theoretical discussions about how to incorporate the voice of future generations, nature, and more-than-human animals and plants in processes of justice and repair, through to detailed descriptions of actual practices of Environmental Restorative Justice. The case studies explored in the volume are situated in a wide range of countries and in the context of varied forms of environmental harm – from small local pollution incidents, to ongoing issues such as wildlife poaching, to cataclysmic environmental catastrophes resulting in cascades of harm to entire ecosystem

Together with attorney Hercules Wessels (South Africa), I contributed with a chapter which examines the common ground between restorative justice and Earth jurisprudence and which explores the potential of restorative justice to not only restore the waning relationship between the human species and the environment, but to also facilitate the reintegration of humans as a species into the Earth Community. We look at the similarities between the underlying principles and philosophies of Earth jurisprudence and restorative justice, and offer a practical proposal for the use of restorative processes to inform remedies in cases of environmental harm or infringements to the rights of Nature.

Find out more about our book via this link, or read the abstract of our chapter here.

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