Associate Professor Dr Nathan J Cooper
Qualifications: LLB Hons, MA, PhD
Environment Issues; Environmental Ethics; Environmental Law; Human Rights; Law
Earth Jurisprudence, Environmental Constitutionalism, Human Rights and the Environment, Socioeconomic Rights, Human Right to Water, Human Right to a Healthy Environment, Critical Legal Theory, Ecological Law and Governance
Cooper, N. (2021). Freshwater consumption and the global hydrological cycle. In D. French, & L. J. Kotzé (Eds.), Research Handbook on Law, Governance and Planetary Boundaries. Edward Elgar Publishing.
Cooper, N. (2020). Disrupting paradigms through new technologies: assessing the potential of ‘smart’ water points to improve water security for marginalized communities. In R. Steff, J. Burton, & S. R. Soare (Eds.), Emerging Technologies and International Security: Machines, the State and War. Routledge.
Cooper, N. (2019). Just transition or hollow transaction? Searching for the normative foundations of energy justice. Resource Management Bulletin, 12, 180-181.
Cooper, N. J. (2019). The South African Constitution – Standards of environmental protection. In S. Turner, D. Shelton, J. Razzaque, O. McIntyre, & J. May (Eds.), Environmental Rights: The Development of Standards (pp. 286-308). Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781108612500.013
Current Doctoral Students:
- Qaraman Hasan - 'From the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers to the Waikato River: a trans-national analysis of equitable utilization and minimization of environmental harm under environmental law'
- Jennifer Holman - 'Building Resilient Climate Laws'
Current Research Projects and Research Interests:
- Rules for Living Well on planet Earth: Reimagining Vulnerability and Resilience in International Environmental Law. This project theorises the concepts of vulnerability, resilience and solidarity in international law, and applies them to areas of contemporary eco-social significance, including access to water and climate migration.
- Approaching 'Day Zero': reimagining human rights in climate emergencies. This project reappraises the suitability of currently conceived human rights (principally the human right to water) in the context of climate instability, offering innovative governance design based on the contingent relationship between human rights and ecological integrity.
- New Materialisms and Anthropocene Governance. Insights from ‘new materialisms’ are giving rise to reconceptualisations of material phenomena that transform our understanding of biological matter and its “imbrication in the social”, forcing us to find better ways to theorize socioeconomic, physiological, and ecological patterns. I'm interested in exploring how such shifts might transform our understanding of the L/laws that must govern human action in the Anthropocene.
I would be delighted to hear from you regarding Higher Research Degree supervision in the following areas:
- Earth Jurisprudence, Environmental Constitutionalism, Human Rights and the Environment, Socioeconomic Rights, Human Right to Water, Human Right to a Healthy Environment, Critical Legal Theory, Ecological Law and Governance