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Law and the Question of the Animal

A Critical Jurisprudence, 1st Edition

Edited by Yoriko Otomo, Edward Mussawir


198 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This book addresses the problem of ‘animal life’ in terms that go beyond the usual extension of liberal rights to animals. The discourse of animal rights is one that increasingly occupies the political, ethical and intellectual terrain of modern society. But, although the question of the status of animals holds an important place within a range of civil, political and technological disciplines, the issue of rights in relation to animals usually rehearses the familiar perspectives of legal, moral and humanist philosophy. ‘Animal law’ is fast becoming a topic of significant contemporary interest and discussion. This burgeoning interest has not, however, been matched by renewed inquiry into the jurisprudential frames and methods for the treatment of animals in law, nor the philosophical issue of the ‘human’ and the ‘animal’ that lies at law’s foundation. Responding to this interest, Law and the Question of the Animal: A Critical Jurisprudence brings together leading and emerging critical legal theorists to address the question of animality in relation to law’s foundations, practices and traditions of thought. In so doing, it engages a surprisingly underdeveloped aspect of the moral philosophies of animal rights, namely their juridical register and existence. How does ‘animal law’ alter our juridical image of personality or personhood? How do the technologies of law intersect with the technologies that invent, create and manage animal life? And how might the ethical, ontological and ceremonial relation between humans and animals be linked to a common source or experience of law?


'I have been challenged and excited - at the same time! - by the original insights contained in some of the chapters of Law and the Question of the Animal' - John Mancy, Editor for Australian Animal Protection Law Journal

'Yoriko Otomo and Ed Mussawir’s Law and the Question of the Animal: A Critical Jurisprudence is an innovative collection of essays.' - Maneesha Deckha, University of Victoria, Canada for Social & Legal Studies (Vol. 23(1) 131–148, 2014)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Yoriko Otomo and Ed Mussawir (editors); 2. The Animal Protagonist: Representing ‘The Animal’ in Law and Cinema – Connal Parsley; 3.Witness Demeanour as Real Evidence: Mechanistic Philosophy of Bodies Without Minds – Piyel Haldar; 4.Inventing Animals – Cressida Limon; 5.Chimpanzees in Court: What Difference Does it Make – Ciméa Bevilacqua; 6.The Jurisprudential Meaning of the Animal: A Critique of the Subject of Rights in the Laws of Scienter and Negligence – Ed Mussawir; 7.Dressing the Sow and The Legal Subjectivation of the Non-Human Animal – Victoria Ridler; 8.Whipping to Win: Measured Violence, Delegated Sovereignty and the Privatised Domination of Non Human Life – Dinesh Wadiwel; 9.Law in the Marketplace – Marc Trabsky; 10.The Normativity of an Animal Atmosphere – Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos; 11.Species, Scarcity and the Secular State – Yoriko Otomo

About the Editors

Yoriko Otomo is a Lecturer in Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Her research looks at the intersection between International Law and Animal Law, in particular at the ways in which processes of colonization and globalization have influenced jurisprudence relating to animals.

Edward Mussawir is a lecturer at Griffith Law School Brisbane and the author of Jurisdiction in Deleuze: The Expression and Representation of Law. His research has focused on the reception of the work of Gilles Deleuze in jurisprudence and the theories of persons, possession, procedure and judgment

About the Series

Law, Justice and Ecology

In an age of climate change, scarcity of resources, and the deployment of new technologies that put into question the very idea of the 'natural', this book series offers a cross-disciplinary, novel engagement with the connections between law and ecology. The fundamental challenge taken up by the series concerns the pressing need to interrogate and to re-imagine prevailing conceptions of legal responsibility, legal community and legal subjectivity, by embracing the wider recognition that human existence is materially embedded in living systems and shared with multiple networks of non-humans.

Encouraging cross-disciplinary engagement and reflection upon relevant empirical, policy and theoretical issues, the series pursues a thoroughgoing, radical and timely exploration of the multiple relationships between law, justice and ecology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Environmental
LAW / Jurisprudence