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Graduated in Law by the Catholic University and post-graduated in Planning, Urbanism and Environmental Law by the Law Faculty of Coimbra University (Portugal), he also attended the PhD Programme ‘El médio ambiente natural y humano e las ciências sociales’ at Salamanca University (Spain). Today is finishing his PhD in “Human Ecology” at Univers Nova de Lisboa, with a thesis“ Common Home of Humanity – Legal Construction based on Science”. He is a founding member of ZERO – Associação Sistema Terrestre Sustentável. As a photographer and environmentalist he was author of several books, that we highlight, the “Earth Condominium: From Climate Change to a New Juridic Concept for the Planet (2007), where proposes a new concept for the management of the Common House of the humanity, by using an analogy with the legal model of the Condominium. In his most recent book he was the editor of the SOS TREATY (Safe Operating Space Treaty) a new approach to managing our use of the Earth System, published in 2016 by Cambrigde Scholars Publishers.
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The common home of humanity, will be an a non-profit association established to work with governmental, non-governmental, national, regional and international entities, and shall work with a global coalition of States, international organizations, local authorities, universities and other legal entities to work towards the recognition of the favourable state of the Earth System as a common heritage of humankind, as an international autonomous legal good.
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It is clear that international law is not yet equipped to handle the “ecological goods and services” that exist simultaneously within and outside of all states. The global commons have always been understood as geographical spaces that exist only outside the political borders of states. A vital good such as a stable climate exists both within and outside all states, and shows traditional legal approaches to be ecological nonsense. With the recent possibility of measuring and monitoring the state and functioning of the Earth System through the Planetary Boundaries framework, it is now possible to define a “Safe Operating Space of Humankind” corresponding to a biogeophysical state of Earth.
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Earth-system as a new object of global governance