Hacking the Law: Do “things” have rights?” (“Hackeando el sistema jurídico: ¿tienen derechos las “cosas”?)

One of the Renaissance’s great contributions was to place humans at the center of the universe. Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man is a graphical indication of this way of thinking. His drawing illustrates the spirit of an age that wanted to relocate the axis of the universe, no longer on a superior being, but on the symbol of an apollonian European white male as the center of everything. For the legal conceptualization of what a “person” is, the anthropocentric characteristic or that of the human being as the measure and center of all things would seem exclusive. In the “periphery” of the traditional centers of thought (India, New Zealand or Colombia), alternatives are being considered with a simple and powerful formula focused on remembering that everything is connected. My intervention in this panel will problematize the extension of certain “fundamental or human” rights to “things” which are not human.