1st Edition

Post-Colonial Globalisation Law, Power and Actors in the 21st Century

By Yonit Manor-Percival, Janet Dine Copyright 2024
    320 Pages 1 Color & 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    320 Pages 1 Color & 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    320 Pages 1 Color & 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    With the globalist project immersed in conflicts and adversity, Post-Colonial Globalisation offers an insight into the actors who animate it and the power dynamics which run through it. Using the law as the prism through which these are examined, and fusing historical with contemporary perspectives, the book contributes to understanding the crisis in which we find ourselves as a moment of both existential danger and an opportunity.

    This book is in two parts. The first part charters capitalism’s historical progression to globalism through the lens of the act of taking. Taking has risen to institutional prominence as a core concept in the legal lexicon of foreign investment protection to denote deprivation of private property. Post-Colonial Globalisation advances a broader notion of taking as a tool of social criticism. From enclosures, to colonial settlement to an empire of unequal exchanges, to contemporary land grabs, private property, now so vigorously protected against taking, was itself born out of taking. The second part focuses on the ecological dimension of neoliberal globalisation and its hallmarks of unlimited growth and excessive extraction. It has negatively impacted the climate, the earth and its human and non-human inhabitants to the point of putting their continued existence at risk. Central to this is the deification of property. Our understanding of proprietary relations and the rights they confer must be revisited if our interface with the planet is to be reconfigured. The emerging doctrine of rights of nature offers one route which may lead us in this direction.

    The two parts complement each other. One looks at taking by members of the human species from each other. The other looks at taking by the human species from nature. This book is aimed at anyone who wishes to gain insight into the current crisis, including students, academics, NGOs and policymakers.



    Chapter one The Globalist Project

    PART I: Taking: A Historical Perspective

    Yonit Manor-Percival

    Chapter two On Law and Order

    Chapter three Perspectives of Taking

    Chapter four: Taking as Improvement: Enclosures and Settlement

    Chapter five: Property

    Chapter six: Taking by Transfer

    Chapter seven: Globalised Taking: Land Grabs

    PART II Property Rights and Rights of Nature

    Janet Dine

    Chapter eight: Rights or Web of Interests?

    Chapter nine: Nature as a Commodity

    Chapter ten: Property Rights, Animal Rights and Rights for Nature

    Chapter eleven: Standing, Remedies and Custodians

    Chapter twelve: Delineating Boundaries

    Chapter thirteen: Corporate Governance: the Atrato and

    Wanganui Cases

    Chapter fourteen: Conclusion


    Yonit Manor-Percival is a practicing solicitor and lectures at the School of Law, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

    Janet Dine is Professor of International Economic Development Law at the Centre of Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London.