Investing in the Ecocene

In general terms, the main observable effect of the currents of corporate social and environmental responsibility and so-called “green investment” is the emergence of a new dimension of corporate image, public relations, and marketing without a substantial change in the current unsustainable trajectories of corporate growth and development (“green washing” and “social washing”). The role of the ethical-transformational company is to contribute to the development of a commons-oriented economy, supporting and facilitating the creation of social value (not necessarily commercial) by productive publics. This training program for transformative investors shows how their fund placements can be organically linked to the values and objectives of commons-producing communities, rather than responding mechanically and abstractly to the logic of capital accumulation.

Dirección: Adrián E. Beling.

Socio-Eco-Legal Reflection Circle

A space for academic exchange that articulates current debates on law, society, and ecology from interdisciplinary approaches. Methodologically, we work based on texts previously disseminated among the participants and which are briefly presented by one of them at the beginning of the meeting. This presentation serves as a trigger for an open and plural exchange. It brings together participants from different academic and other social areas, and usually functions as a rich space of inspiration for the work of academic production.

Coordinación: Ana María Bonet

Human Rights and Economics: Relationships and tensions between social and environmental rights and the transnational legal-economic order.

This project echoes the serious global social and environmental crises by addressing the collision between human rights and the economy, through a casuistic analysis of some of these crises. The main hypothesis is that the collision in question, reflected in such violations of social and environmental human rights at the global level, underlies a deeper crisis, a structural crisis of the model of sociality proposed since modernity. From a critical analysis of this current model, and from the ethical postulates of a sociality of hospitality, the research proposes to contribute to the gestation of a more fraternal and solidary law, articulable with a corresponding economic system, which will lay the foundations for an effective realization of human rights, especially those of social and environmental content.

Dirección: Ana María Bonet

Public interest-oriented litigation concerning the use of pesticides in comparative perspective.

The research project is oriented to a comparative study of LIP cases that originate in the use of pesticides in Latin America because of the agro-industrial matrix in which they are inserted. Through the analysis, an attempt is made to diagnose the cross-cutting systemic constraints that give rise and continuity to the violation of socio-environmental rights and those systemic restrictions that hinder the development of LIPs, as well as their enablers. At the current stage, the countries under analysis are Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.

Dirección: M. Cristina Alé