Dr Alessandro Pelizzon

Dr Alessandro Pelizzon completed his LLB/LLM (Laurea Magistrale in Giurisprudenza) in Italy, with a specialisation in comparative law and legal anthropology.

His first field research thesis focused on pre-Colombian family protocols in the Andes. Alessandro has been involved in Indigenous rights for 20 years, firstly by participating in and supporting the drafting of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva and then through his PhD research on native title and legal pluralism in the Illawarra, conducted through and completed at the University of Wollongong. Alessandro's parallel and intersecting area of research is the emerging discourse on rights of nature, Wild Law and Earth Jurisprudence. His main interest lays at the intersection between this 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, of the Australian Wild Law Alliance, of the Understandascope, and of the Earth Laws Network at Southern Cross University. Alessandro's areas of expertise are comparative law, legal anthropology, legal theory, Indigenous rights and ecological jurisprudence. Alessandro currently teaches Legal Theory and the Honours program, as well as being the Course Coordinator of the School of Law and Justice’s Master program.

Teaching and research key words

#legalanthropology, #legaltheory, #comparativelawandlegalpluralism, #researchmethodology, #sovereigntyandindigenoussovereignty, #internationalindigenousrights, #ecologicaljurisprudence

Professional affiliations

Understandascope: Founding Member (2016 - present)

The Ecological Citizen: Editorial Board Member (2016 - present)

Australian Animal Protection Law Journal: Advisory Editorial Board Member (2015 - present)

Australian Earth Laws Alliance: Founding Member and Executive Committee Member (2011 - 2016)

Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature: Founding Member and Executive Committee Member (2010 - 2011)

Selected publications

  1. Alessandro Pelizzon and Monica Gagliano, ‘The Sentience of Plants: Animal Rights and Rights of Nature Intersecting?’ (2015) 11 Australian Animal Protection Law Journal 5-13
  2. Alessandro Pelizzon, ‘Aboriginal Sovereignty Claims: Contemporary Voices in Australia’ (2014) 4(4) Settler Colonial Studies 368-381
  3. Alessandro Pelizzon and Jade Kennedy, 'Welcome to Country: Legal Meanings and Cultural Implications' (2013) 16(2) Australian Indigenous Law Review 58-69
  4. Anne Schillmoller and Alessandro Pelizzon, ‘Mapping the Terrain of Earth Jurisprudence: Landscape, Thresholds and Horizons’ 2013 3(1) Barry Environmental and Earth Law Journal 3-32
  5. Alessandro Pelizzon, 'Transitional Justice and Ecological Jurisprudence in the Midst of an Ever-Changing Climate', in Natalia Szablewska and Sascha-Dominik Bachmann (eds), Current Issues in Transitional Justice (Springer, 2015) 317-338
  6. Alessandro Pelizzon, ‘Earth Laws, Rights of Nature and Legal Pluralism’ in Michelle Maloney and Peter Burdon (eds), Wild Law – In Practice (Routledge, 2014) 176-189