Rights of Nature is an innovative legal approach to protecting nature reserves around the world. What are the success factors for the Rights of Nature approach in different legal settings? Are experts and the population living near nature reserves sufficiently involved in this process? How does it help with decision-making? Prof. Tineke Lambooy helps to find answers to these questions.
Nyenrode Professor of Business Law Tineke Lambooy has been in the news a lot lately: would it help if the Wadden Sea was an independent legal entity, with its own independent management and budget? Would that contribute to the protection of the reserve’s ecological value? Now, she and her team aim to investigate the success factors for this Rights of Nature approach; the global effort to grant legal entity status to nature reserves. Your financial support to appoint a PhD student would be a big help.
“When we make legal entities for nature reserves, we can find a much better balance between ecology and economics. We can protect so much nature, and that is desperately needed today.”
Prof. Mr. Dr. Tineke Lambooy
Professor of Business Law
"Better decision-making is something that we at Nyenrode are eager to facilitate, especially in this reserve."
If you create an entity that can do that, you get completely different decisions, with a better balance between economics and ecology. This innovative legal approach is referred to as ‘Rights of Nature’. Better decision-making is something that we at Nyenrode are eager to facilitate, especially in this reserve.”
“We have identified around 400 initiatives around the world that apply the Rights of Nature principle. We know that two thirds of them could be considered as successful initiatives, which have led to improved legal protection of a nature reserve and its ecological value. That is exceptional when you consider that they came about in very different legal contexts, from Canada to Bangladesh and from India to Spain.
Nevertheless, the first question we hear from policymakers and decision-makers is: how effective is this approach in reality? How can we quantify it? So that is precisely what we aim to do in this research program.”
"Has the Rights of Nature approach resulted in better protection of the ecological value of the reserve people wanted to protect?"
Two issues are important in this effort: has the Rights of Nature approach resulted in better protection of the ecological value of the reserve people wanted to protect? And: are ecological experts and local residents effectively involved in the decision-making process for the protection of the ecological value? On the one hand, this will be a purely legal study, but we also want to conduct qualitative research into these processes.”
"It is also responsible for a business university to look at protecting an ecological value, especially from a legal perspective."
In a time when economic value is no longer the main drive, I think it is also responsible for a business university to look at protecting an ecological value, especially from a legal perspective.”
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Prof. Tineke Lambooy has served as Professor of Business Law at Nyenrode Business University since 2015, and has worked at Nyenrode as a researcher and associate professor since 2007. She is affiliated with the Nyenrode Faculty Expertise Centre Entrepreneurship, Governance & Stewardship.
At Nyenrode, Lambooy leads the civil law education program, especially Business Law; Mergers and Acquisitions; Enterprise and Law; International and European Law; and Principles of Law. She also developed the course Circular Economy and Sustainable Development for the full-time MBA program.