Legal Rights for Mar Menor. The expression of an implicit reality?

Online seminar – 02/03/2023

After a first fascinating and thought-provoking session on The Paradoxes of Rights of Nature”, by Dr. Mihnea Tănăsescu (UMons) last Feb 2nd, we cordially invite you to our second session of the seminar Framing Nature in Law: New European Pathways

Spain recently became the first European country to explicitly grant rights and legal personhood to a natural entity, the Mar Menor lagoon and basin. This new law has been both celebrated and criticized by legal experts. One of the justifications for the personhood of Mar Menor is that despite its legal protection under Spanish and EU law as a Natura 2000 site, it is badly polluted by fertilizers and other effluents, amongst other environmental problems. Our presentation, based on a forthcoming article, compares the legal protection for Mar Menor under the Habitats Directive, the Mar Menor legal personhood law, and the proposed EU nature restoration regulation. We examine the similarities and differences in existing and proposed EU legislation and explicit legal rights, and analyze what personhood might add to traditional environmental legal protection for Mar Menor. Can explicit legal rights really lead to improvement in the environment, or is this new law just a reiteration of existing protection?

Legal Rights for Mar Menor. The expression of an implicit reality?” with a presentation by Dr. Yaffa Epstein (Uppsala University) and Prof. Hendrik Schoukens (Ghent University), on 2 March 2023 from 5 to 7p.m. (CET), online (via Zoom, link here)



Citer ce billet
Delphine Misonne (2023, 13 février). Legal Rights for Mar Menor. The expression of an implicit reality? CEDRE, Droit Environnement Patrimoine. Consulté le 13 juin 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/mhpl