Working on provisions for embedding commons protection principles into the law. In a way that links sustainability, development and the commons together.
Alongside direct action, we need to also work in the institutional field to switch the tendency of regulation away from enclosure. Commons are intimately linked to fundamental rights of people and nature in interrelation, as a means of production and reproduction of life. Commoners should reclaim law and human and nature’s rights that have been eroded, together with a criminalization of protests, by proactively seeking to inscribe the principles of the commons into policy and law, human rights and constitutions, at multiple levels and scales.
This group will work on articulating the essential principles of the commons into guidelines for policy making and outlining the provisions that need to be in place to make sure the systemic mechanisms of generation and protection of the commons keep their integrity, avoiding the co-optation and corruption of the spirit of the laws. We will also gather and build case studies to help people advocate the commons to law and policy makers at their own level of action.
This group was created as a follow-up of the Economy and the Commons conference where several speakers highlighted the need for Commons to be protected and this protection embedded in the law from the 'front door' and not as reactive footnotes. Read the summary of the conference.