Typically, the legal investigation of nonhuman life, and of animal life in particular, is conducted through the discourse of animal rights. Within this discourse, legal rights are extended to certain nonhuman animals through the same liberal framework that has afforded human rights before it. Animals, Biopolitics, Law envisions the possibility of lively legalities that move beyond the humanist perspective. Drawing on an array of expertise—from law, geography, and anthropology, through animal studies and posthumanism, to science and technology studies—this interdisciplinary collection asks what, in legal terms, it means to be human and nonhuman, what it means to govern and to be governed, and what are the ethical and political concerns that emerge in the project of governing not only human but also more-than-human life.
Table of Contents
"Life" and "the Living," Law and Norm: A Foreword, Cary Wolfe Introduction: Lively Legalities, Irus Braverman 1. The Regulatory Life of Threatened Species Lists, Irus Braverman 2. Probiotic Legalities: De-domestication and Rewilding Before the Law, Jamie Lorimer 3. Governing Jellyfish: Eco-Security and Planetary "Life" in the Anthropocene, Elizabeth R. Johnson 4. Tracing Bacterial Legalities: The Fluid Ecologies of the European Union’s Bathing Water Directive, Christopher Bear 5. Crow Kill, Adam Reed 6. Nonhuman Animal Resistance and the Improprieties of Live Property, Kathryn Gillespie 7. Lively Sanctuaries: A Shabbat of Animal Sacer, Elan Abrell 8. Multispecies Families, Capitalism, and the Law, Eben Kirksey 9. The Conflict of Human and Nonhuman Laws, Richard Janda & Richard Lehun 10. Lively Agency: Law and Life in the Anthropocene, Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos Afterword, David Delaney
Irus Braverman is Professor of Law and Adjunct Professor of Geography at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. She is the author of Planted Flags: Trees, Land, and Law in Israel/Palestine (2009), Zooland: The Institution of Captivity (2012), and Wild Life: The Institution of Nature (2015), and co-editor of The Expanding Spaces of Law: A Timely Legal Geography (2014).