Moving away from an « ownening » mentality for the environmental commons to an ethics of « responsibility », and ‘guardianship/stewardship’, while integrating the imperatives of equity, social justice and democracy, represents for us the keystone for an ecological transition that would be environmentally sustainable and socially just. In this context and while the nations of the world gather for the 23rd Annual Conference of the Parties (COP23) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, we focus our attention to the small island nations perspective -as underlined by the Fiji Presidency of the COP23- thanks to the contributions of the many Pacific-based Alliance-Respons members and partners based in the Pacific...
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Following an exploratory seminar in May 2016, a workshop was held at the cultural centre of Goutelas-en-Forez on 10 April 2017. It brought together in particular specialists in the history of law and various branches of international law to discuss the two primary goals of the research: understand the past and describe the present by studying contemporary practices and identifying fragments of common law in five fields (international criminal justice, trade and investment law, climate justice, social justice and the protection of human rights). The seminar was an opportunity to open avenues for further research, in particular on the conditions for common law to be ‘universalised’ and invoked against political powers (states), but also economic actors (companies). A follow-up study day took place on 27 November 2017 in order to compare the first research results with the critical views of law theorists.
Keynote Address, Law, Ethics & Responsibility Symposium, Hopuhopu, Ngaaruawaahia, Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development
Tui Atua Tamasese attended the 2014 Symposium in new Zealand on Law, Governance and Responsibility at which he presented a Paper entitled An Ethics of Responsibility in Samoan Customary Law. Tui Atua Tamasese is a leading author on a Pacific Indigenous reference, bringing colonial influences into dialogue with Samoan traditions, in order to revitalize the attributes of governance, spirituality, environmental values, leadership in the context of village communities.
« When Betsan invited me a few months ago to participate in this symposium, she explained that it was about “responsibility within law and custom”, focusing particularly on the management and governance of water. In our discussions about the symposium’s focus she mentioned the notions “climate change”, “climate justice”, “public good”, “common good”, “western law” and “indigenous custom”. She suggested that the symposium would benefit from having perspectives on these from the wider Pacific fanauga, beyond Aotearoa New Zealand, and from cultural custodians such as myself...