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Legal Geography

Perspectives and Methods, 1st Edition

Edited by Tayanah O'Donnell, Daniel F. Robinson, Josephine Gillespie


336 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-12-20
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This book is the first legal geography book to explicitly engage in method. It complements this by also bringing together different perspectives on the emerging school of legal geography. It explores human-environment interactions and showcases distinct environmental legal geography scholarship.

Legal Geography: Perspectives and Methods is an innovative book concerned with a new relational and material way of examining our legal-spatial world. With chapters examining natural resource management, Indigenous knowledge, and political ecology scholarship, the text introduces legal geography’s modes of analysis and critique. The book explores topics such as Indigenous environmental rights, the impacts of extractive industries, mediation of climate change, food, animal and plant patents, fossil fuels, mining, and coastal environments based on empirical, jurisdictional and methodological insights from Australia, New Zealand, and the Asia Pacific to demonstrate how space and place are invoked in legal processes and contestations, and the methods that may be invoked to explore these processes and contestations.

This book examines the role of legal geographies in twenty first century beyond the simple ‘law in action’, and it will thus appeal to students of socio-legal studies, human geography, environmental studies, environmental policy, as well as politics and international relations.

Table of Contents

PART I: Introduction 1. Introduction: what’s different about the Australasian and Asia-Pacific approach to legal geography? Tayanah O’Donnell, Daniel F. Robinson and Josephine Gillespie; PART II: Investigating the legal geographies of Indigenous peoples and local communities and their environments 2. Challenges in legal geography research methodologies in cross-cultural settings Josephine Gillespie; 3. Asserting land rights through technology and democratic expression: the effect of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago v Indonesia case Cobi Calyx, Brad Jessup and Mona Sihombing; 4. Islam, legal geography and methodological challenges in Indonesia Christine Schenk; 5. Patent landscaping for Vanuatu: specific legal geographic methods for Indigenous Knowledge protection and promotion Daniel Robinson, Margaret Raven, Donna Kalfatak, Trinison Tari, Hai-Yuean Tualima and Francis Hickey; 6. Unearthing Māori jurisdiction: a Kaupapa Māori approach to examining Māori engagement in mining decisions in Aotearoa New Zealand Maria Bargh and Estair van Wagner; PART III: Investigating the legal geographies of regulation: resource, risk and resilience 7. Inside-outside: an interrogation of coastal climate change adaptation through the gaze of ‘the lawyer’ Tayanah O’Donnell; 8. Legal geography - place, time, law and method: The spatial and the archival in ‘Connection to Country’ Lee Godden; 9. Comparative legal geography: context and place in ‘legal transplants’ Liesel Spencer; 10. The other is us: conservation, categories and the law Robyn Bartel; 11. Ask an ‘expert’: phenomenology and key informant interviews as a research method in legal geography Paul McFarland; PART IV: Investigating the legal geographies of extractive industries 12. Sydney’s Drinking Water Catchment: a legal geographical analysis of coal mining and water security Nicole Graham; 13. Lawyers in legal geography: parliamentary submissions and coal seam gas in Australia David Turton; 14. Energising the law: greening of fossil fuels and the rise of gendered political subjects Meg Sherval; 15. Exploring the production of climate change through the nomosphere of the fossil fuel regime Lauren Rickards and Connor Jolley; PART V: In Memoriam 16. Space, scale and jurisdiction in health service provision for drug users: the legal geography of a supervised injecting facility Stewart Williams; PART VI: Conclusion 17. Legal geography futures Tayanah O’Donnell, Daniel F. Robinson and Josephine Gillespie; Index

About the Editors

Tayanah O’Donnell has over 10 years’ experience focussed on the law and the legal geographies of climate change adaptation. Her papers and research covers themes such as property rights, land use planning, climate law, coastal policy and management, and the legal, political and cultural impacts of climate change regulation.

Daniel Robinson has more than 15 years’ experience focused on the regulation of nature and knowledge. His papers and books cover themes including 'biopiracy', access and benefit-sharing relating to biological resources, appropriation and regulation of Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous/customary laws and biocultural protocols, ethical biotrade, political ecology, environmental policy and management.

Josephine Gillespie is an academic, and former lawyer, based at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is an environmental legal geographer interested in the complex intersection of geography and law. Her research investigates environmental protection and human-environment geographies throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography