Should rivers or other natural features be granted "rights" to protect them from environmental harms? Professor Jonathan Adler of Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Professor Noah Hall of Wayne Law debate whether nature rights can help settle the competing claims of humans over natural resources.

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Related Links:

Property in Ecology

Toward a New Horizontal Federalism: Interstate Water Management in the Great Lakes Region

Conservative Principles for Environmental Reform


Differing Views:

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Toledo, Ohio, Just Granted Lake Erie the Same Legal Rights as People

Corporations Have Rights. Why Shouldn’t Rivers?

Rights of Nature: Why it Might Not Save the Entire World