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About the AELC

The Australian Earth Laws Centre (AELC) is an initiative of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA).

The AELC is Australia's leading network of researchers, practitioners and community leaders who are working to create and promote Earth centred law and regulation, including (but not limited to):

  • the theory and practice of Earth jurisprudence
  • Earth laws and Indigenous First Laws
  • ecological law and governance
  • rights of nature
  • the law of ecocide
  • Greenprints and Earth-centred bioregional law

Working Groups

AELC works to connect researchers and community groups who are exploring and implementing Earth-centred law and governance. Part of this work involves supporting working groups who are developing innovative legal projects.

Current working groups include:

  • Ecocide Laws Australia
  • Local Councils and Rights of Nature



Please visit AELA's Events page for updates about webinars hosted by AELC

  • The AELC hosts a biennial Earth Laws conference in Australia, and our next conference will be held in October 2022. We also hold webinars in collaboration with our partners each year - please visit AELA's Events Page for details.
  • Read about our 2020 Conference
  • Visit our Past Events webpage for other past events

How to connect with the AELC

  • If you are a researcher and would like to share your research with our networks and connect with other researchers and practitioners in Australia and around the world, please email us and join our network:
  • If you or others in your community wish to engage with innovative Earth laws, develop your own campaign for Rights of Nature or Community Eco-Governance, please get in touch anytime:

AELA is a founding member of the Ecological Law and Governance Association (ELGA) and the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and is a member of the UN Harmony with Nature Network.