Tag Archives: legal personhood

What Does It Mean To Make a River a Legal Person?

The River That Owns Itself The Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Act 2016 has been passed by the Parliament of New Zealand and gives effect to the Whanganui River Deed of Settlement signed on 5 August 2014, which settles the … Continue reading

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LL.M Thesis – Resisting Enclosure: The emergence of ethno-ecological governance in a comparative study of the constitutions of Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia

PDF of thesis Vernon I. Tava Master of Laws Thesis The University of Auckland 2010 ABSTRACT This thesis focuses on the Bolivarian Alliance (ALBA) with comparative case studies on Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia. These three countries were among the first … Continue reading

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The Kauri Tree, the Trespasser and Legal Personhood

I was the lawyer representing Michael Tavares, a courageous young man who climbed a centuries-old Kauri tree in Titirangi in Auckland’s west to save it from destruction. He was charged with trespass after sitting in the tree for 81 hours. Many people have … Continue reading

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