The Laws of Nature; Christopher Sands; BirdLife

Poland – Białowieża Forest

In the editorial of this month’s edition of the Europe & Central Asia newsletter, Christopher Sands reflects on the ‘laws’ of nature. 

The past twelve months have been chock full of events that have brought us to this timely reflection on the law, its flouting and its enforcement.  The great philosopher Hannah Arendt, author of The Origins of Totalitarianism, brings a powerful perspective to the topic, having fled Nazi Germany in 1933 and escaping to the US from Paris in 1941.

No civilization would ever have been possible without a framework of stability, to provide the wherein for the flux of change. Foremost among the stabilizing factors, more enduring than customs, manners and traditions, are the legal systems that regulate our life in the world and our daily affairs with each other.” 

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