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Alessandro Pelizzon
Dr Alessandro Pelizzon
LLB(Torino), LLM(Torino), PhD(UOW)
Current Appointment: Senior Lecturer
Organisational Unit: Faculty of Business, Law and Arts

Telephone: 02 6620 3369
Location: Block L - Room L2.37
Campus: Lismore
Personal Website


Italian by birth and Australian by choice, Alessandro completed his LLB/LLM in Law in Italy specializing in comparative law and legal anthropology. His thesis comprised a field research project on pre-Colombian family protocols in the Andes of Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. Alessandro has been involved in Indigenous rights since his university years, when he established a research group with which he participated in and supported the drafting of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva. His PhD thesis, conducted at the University of Wollongong, focused on native title and legal pluralism in the Illawarra. Over e decade ago, Alessandro began to explore the emerging discourse on rights of nature, Wild Law and Earth Jurisprudence. His main area of interest in this field is the intersection between this emerging discourse and different legal ontologies, with a particular focus on Indigenous legal structures. Alessandro is one of the founding members of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance. Alessandro’s main areas of research are legal anthropology, legal theory, comparative law, sovereignty, Indigenous rights, ecological jurisprudence and international environmental law.


Legal anthropology
Legal theory
Comparative law and legal pluralism
Research methodology
Sovereignty and Indigenous sovereignty
International Indigenous rights
Ecological jurisprudence


Wild Law, Earth Jurisprudence and the Rights of Nature
Ecological Jurisprudence and Indigenous legal ontologies
Aboriginal sovereignty in Australia
Sovereignty and the Doctrine of Discovery