The path of decolonization has always been difficult to walk, mazed as it is with contradictions and double binds, but the existential threat of climate change adds new urgency. This essay suggests that decolonial legal practice be organized around, not the struggle for new rights, but the struggle to imagine new legal subjects. Two types of legal-ontological work are described: rethinking the legal subjecthood of nonhuman entities, and rethinking the legal subjecthood of human collectivities. Although law schools have not yet recognized the urgency of this work, movements organized around “justice” are already leading the way.
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