Welcome to the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) website.

The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) is a national not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to increase the understanding and practical implementation of Earth centred law, governance and ethics (or ‘Earth jurisprudence’)  in Australia.   Earth jurisprudence is a new legal theory and growing social movement.  It proposes that we rethink our legal, political, economic  and governance systems so that they support, rather than undermine, the integrity and health of the Earth.

AELA’s vision is to help build human societies that live within their ecological limits, respect the rights of nature and nurture the health of the wider Earth community.  The need for new governance systems has never been greater: as we transition away from our destructive reliance of fossil fuels, human societies need to create new ways of working together, to care for the Earth and create truly sustainable communities.

AELA carries out its work by supporting multi-disciplinary teams of professionals engaged in research, education, publications, community capacity building and law reform. AELA works on a membership-participation model and is powered by committed volunteers, who work together as individuals and organisations across Australia.  All our work is driven by our members’ interests and commitment – so become a member and get involved!

AELA is a founding member of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, which brings together more than 70 organisations around the world, who support Earth Jurisprudence and Rights of Nature.  AELA is an affiliate of the Earth Charter and a partner of the Global Footprint Network.

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