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Global Ecological Custodianship: Innovative International Environmental Law for theAnthropocene

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Project "GLEC-LAW" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Brayford Pool
postcode: LN6 7TS

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-01-04   to  2020-01-03


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN UK (LINCOLN) coordinator 183˙454.00


 Project objective

International environmental law (IEL), with multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) as its main component, has not been able to address the underlying causes that are responsible for the socio-ecological crisis of the Anthropocene and it seems unable to respond to this crisis. By providing the fellow with a sustained opportunity to interrogate IEL’s principal MEAs in the context of the Anthropocene, this project seeks to investigate a) the normative implications of the Anthropocene for law and IEL specifically; b) explain why and to what extent MEAs have contributed, and have been unable to respond to, the Anthropocene’s socio-ecological crisis; and c) to propose a global ecological custodial framework of care (GLEC-Law) to reform these MEAs. Lawyers have been unable to present a comprehensive solution to MEAs' deficiencies and failures, while Anthropocene scientists have been unable to meaningfully translate their insights into the juridical domain. Responding to this knowledge gap, this multi-disciplinary project brings together an experienced researcher and an internationally recognized research group with global expertise to problematize the failures, deficiencies and potential of MEAs in the Anthropocene and to propose reforms of these MEAs. The fellow brings expertise on environmental law, governance and constitutionalism to the host and secondment institutions, including access to global and global South networks, while contributing to establishing the host as a leading multi-disciplinary European center of excellence in law, governance and Anthropocene studies. The fellow will gain methodological and doctrinal training in IEL and Anthropocene related sciences. The project’s scientific importance, operationalised through its 3 work packages and associated scholarly impact and dissemination activities, lies in its original contribution as the first multi-disciplinary study to view MEAs through the lens of the Anthropocene and its associated constructs.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Louis J. Kotzé
International Environmental Law’s Lack of Normative Ambition: an Opportunity for the Global Pact for the Environment?
published pages: 213-236, ISSN: 1613-7272, DOI: 10.1163/18760104-01603002
Journal for European Environmental & Planning Law 16/3 2020-03-05
2019 Kotzé
Earth System Law for the Anthropocene
published pages: 6796, ISSN: 2071-1050, DOI: 10.3390/su11236796
Sustainability 11/23 2020-03-05
2019 Louis J. Kotzé
The Anthropocene, Earth system vulnerability and socio-ecological injustice in an age of human rights
published pages: 62-85, ISSN: 1759-7188, DOI: 10.4337/jhre.2019.01.04
Journal of Human Rights and the Environment 10/1 2020-03-05
2019 Duncan French, Louis J. Kotzé
‘Towards a Global Pact for the Environment’: International environmental law\'s factual, technical and (unmentionable) normative gaps
published pages: 25-32, ISSN: 2050-0386, DOI: 10.1111/reel.12278
Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law 28/1 2020-03-05
2018 Louis J. Kotzé, Duncan French
The Anthropocentric Ontology of International Environmental Law and the Sustainable Development Goals: Towards an Ecocentric Rule of Law in the Anthropocene
published pages: 5-36, ISSN: 2211-9051, DOI: 10.1163/2211906x-00701002
Global Journal of Comparative Law 7/1 2020-03-05
2019 Louis J. Kotzé, Rakhyun E. Kim
Earth system law: The juridical dimensions of earth system governance
published pages: 100003, ISSN: 2589-8116, DOI: 10.1016/j.esg.2019.100003
Earth System Governance 1 2020-03-05
2019 Louis Kotze
International Environmental Law and the Anthropocene’s Energy Dilemma
published pages: 437-458, ISSN: 0813-300X, DOI:
Environmental and Planning Law Journal 36 2020-03-05
2019 Louis Kotzé
A Global Environmental Constitution for the Anthropocene?
published pages: 11-33, ISSN: 2047-1025, DOI: 10.1017/s2047102518000274
Transnational Environmental Law 8/1 2020-03-05
2019 Louis J Kotzé
Reflections on the Rule of Law in a Time of Socio-ecological Crisis
published pages: 367-382, ISSN: 0952-8873, DOI: 10.1093/jel/eqz018
Journal of Environmental Law 31/2 2020-03-05
2018 Louis J. Kotzé, Duncan French
A critique of the Global Pact for the environment: a stillborn initiative or the foundation for Lex Anthropocenae?
published pages: 811-838, ISSN: 1567-9764, DOI: 10.1007/s10784-018-9417-x
International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 18/6 2020-03-05

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