Dr Alessandro Pelizzon

LLB(Torino), LLM(Torino), PhD(UOW) 

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’s PhD research, on native title and legal pluralism in the Illawarra, was conducted through and completed at the University of Wollongong. Alessandro's primary 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 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 Doctoral thesis. He is one of the founding members of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, of the Australian Earth Law Alliance. Alessandro's main areas of expertise are comparative law, legal anthropology, legal theory, Indigenous rights and ecological jurisprudence. 


Teaching and research key words

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

Professional affiliations

Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ): Executive Committee Member (2019 - present)

National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU - SCU Branch): Executive Committee Member (2015 - present)

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. Cristy Clark, Ourania Emmanouil, John Page and Alessandro Pelizzon, ‘Can You Hear the Rivers Sing? Legal Personhood, Ontology and the Nitty Gritty of Governance’ (2019) 45 Ecology Law quarterly 787-844
  2. Alessandro Pelizzon and Aidan Ricketts, ‘Beyond Anthropocentrism and Back Again: from ontological to normative anthropocentrism’ (2015) 18(2) Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy 105-124 
  3. 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
  4. Alessandro Pelizzon, ‘Aboriginal Sovereignty Claims: Contemporary Voices in Australia’ (2014) 4(4) Settler Colonial Studies 368-381
  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
  7. Alessandro Pelizzon and Jade Kennedy, 'Welcome to Country: Legal Meanings and Cultural Implications' (2013) 16(2) Australian Indigenous Law Review 58-69
  8. 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