The Whanganui River: now a legal person.
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New Zealand's Whanganui River and the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers in India have been given the right to 'sue' over issues like pollution. The challenge now is to ensure these legal rights are enforced.
The forest around Lake Waikaremoana in New Zealand has been given legal status of a person because of its cultural significance.
An anthropologist argues for new ways to value sacred landscapes.
A makeshift shrine to Harambe, the zoo gorilla whose death has raised some uncomfortable moral questions.
We tend instinctively to value human lives over non-human ones. But is there a point where the scales might tip the other way?
To challenge their unlawful detention, the claimant must first be recognised as a person in law.
A New York State Supreme Court has declined to recognise the personhood of two chimpanzees being used by Stony Brook University for research. But the case is far from over.
Marlise’s husband and parents say her body is being used as an incubator.
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In November, 33-year-old Texas woman Marlise Munoz collapsed at her Fort Worth home after suffering a suspected blood clot in her lungs. She was later declared brain dead. When the hospital determined…
Mothers are best placed to make decisions about what to do with the life within them.
A bill currently before the NSW Parliament attempts to criminalise harm to late-term foetuses that die due to injuries inflicted on their mother. But is foetal legal personhood the best way to recognise…