There is a fundamental paradigm shift taking place in science and society to understand humanity holistically and ecologically. Despite this deeper understanding of ourselves and the interconnectedness of all life within our planetary system, our dominant legal and economic paradigms facilitate short-term profit and extraction over sustainability, focus almost exclusively on individual with little regard to social relationships, see Nature as a mere object to dominate and plunder and encourage self-interest instead of collaboration.
Without a deliberate re-engineering of our laws which underpin current social and ecological systems, the social and political change we need will not be possible.
This interactive masterclass is designed to introduce and explore a new legal paradigm: Interconnected Law. The underlying notion is that law should see society as a dense web of relationships, instead of a mass of individuals. This recognition can recast law’s role as about influencing and structuring these relationships, and ideally, improving them to be more just and harmonious. This approach is proposed as an alternative to the current paradigm which is individualistic and separates humans from the rest of Nature. Interconnected Law draws from Earth Jurisprudence, the relational approach to law, social ecology and systems theory.
In three (3) hours we will cover: the blended social and ecological problems which need addressing; understanding law relationally; how law is part of social and ecological crises; and how we should think about changing law as part of the transformation we need. Interconnected Law does not have all of the answers, but is a helpful conceptual framework for thinking about legal change. The Masterclass will provide opportunities for questions and discussion.
Who Should Attend & Key Benefits
The Interconnected Law Masterclass is relevant to anyone interested in better understanding law’s role in society and responding to the various crises we currently face. It will benefit lawyers, academics, policy makers, campaigners, activists and interested citizens.
- Gain a deeper conceptual understanding of the role of law in society and its entanglement with current social and ecological crises.
- Begin an exploration of deconstructing the underlying legal philosophy in the laws and legal frameworks in your niche area.
- Understand a new legal paradigm: Interconnected Law which can inform new pathways for more just and regenerative governance.
Alex May, BA (Jurisprudence), LLM
Alex is an unique, emerging scholar in re-thinking the future of law. He has long been interested in working towards a more just society. Alex’s thesis is that our legal systems are an interwoven part of various systemic social problems and we must think about transforming them.
While studying his undergraduate degree at Oxford University, he came to the view that reform in particular policy areas is insufficient, and upon graduating he was awarded the Prize in Jurisprudence. He pursued this further in his Master’s course at the London School of Economics, thinking about how our legal system as a whole must be transformed, looking at Earth Jurisprudence and human rights theory in his dissertation.
Since graduating, Alex has been working on Interconnected Law as a side project and is now hoping to take it further as a PhD project. More can be found at www.interconnectedlaw.com and @IntConLaw on Twitter. He has worked as a legal research assistant and a Parliamentary Assistant for a Labour MP, has been involved in activist organising, and also practices and coaches parkour. Alex can be found at www.alexmay.co.uk or @alexjfmaizy on Twitter.