Legal Protection for Your Commons

There are many ways of protecting Commons from takings, enclosures, privatization – here are some of those successfully doing legal protecting – and the references, sources and cases they need to win.

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)

The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) is perhaps the most successful organization in the U.S. focused on protecting Commons – including spectacular successes against oil/gas companies attempting to overrun local communities’ right to ban shale-gas fracking projects.

Flow For Water

Jim Olson, Esq. and the attorneys at Flow for Water are experts in using the Public Trust Doctrine to protect the Commons. They are located in Traverse City, Michigan, in the U.S.

Commons Law Project

The Commons Law Project has published the important work Green Governance: Ecological Survival, Human Rights, and the Law of the Commons as an Open Source publication, downloadable from their website.

The book also includes the proposed Universal Covenant Affirming A Human Right to Commons and Rights-based Governance of Earth’s Natural Wealth and Resources, which can be used to advance the vision of Green Governance.

Authors Dr. Burns Weston and David Bollier are featured experts, whom we regard as important resources that can be found on this page.

Sustainable Economies Law Center

Janelle Orsi, Esq., Executive Director at the Sustainable Economies Law Center is an important resource for Commoners seeking legal advice and protections.

Janelle Orsi can be reached at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, in Oakland, California in the U.S.: Phone (510) 398-6219 – or via email at Janelle [at]

Professor Mary Christina Wood at the University of Oregon

Professor Mary Christina Wood’s book Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age is a critically-important reference for attorneys and activists interested in knowing how to defend their Commons.

Professor Wood can be reached at the University of Oregon, School of Law, in Eugene, Oregon in the U.S. Phone (541) 346-3842 – or via email at mwood [at]


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