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The Routledge Handbook of International Law and Anthropocentrism

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ISBN 9780367858223
June 19, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
384 Pages

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Book Description

This handbook explores, contextualizes and critiques the relationship between anthropocentrism – the idea that human beings are socially and politically at the centre of the cosmos – and international law.

While the critical study of anthropocentrism has been under way for several years, it has either focused on specific subfields of international law or emanated from two distinctive strands inspired by the animal rights movement and deep ecology. This handbook offers a broader study of anthropocentrism in international law as a global legal system and academic field. It assesses the extent to which current international law is anthropocentric, contextualizes that claim in relation to broader critical theories of anthropocentrism, and explores alternative ways for international law to organize relations between humans and other living and non-living entities.

This book will interest international lawyers, environmental lawyers, legal theorists, social theorists, and those concerned with the philosophy and ethics of ecology and the non-human realms.

Table of Contents

Unveiling the Anthropocentrism of International Law #

1. ‘One Vast Gasoline Station for Human Exploitation’: Sovereignty as Anthropocentric Extraction

Mario Prost

2. The Anthropocentrism of Human Rights

Frédéric Mégret

3. International Trade Law and the Commodification of the Living

Charlotte E. Blattner

4. Anthropocentrism and International Environmental Law

Vito De Lucia

5. The Law of the Sea’s Fluid Anthropocentrism

Godwin E.K. Dzah

6. Ordering Human-Other relationships: International Humanitarian Law and Ecologies of Armed Conflicts in the Anthropocene

Matilda Arvidsson and Britta Sjöstedt

Conceptualizing the Anthropocentrism of International Law

7. Anthropocentrism and Critical Approaches to International Law

Hélène Mayrand and Valérie Chevrier-Marineau

8. International Law, Legal Anthropocentrism, and Facing the Planetary

Anna Grear

9. Towards an Ecofeminist Critique of International Law?

Karen Morrow

10. Indigenous Knowledge and International (Anthropocentric) Law: The Politics of Thinking from (and for) Another World

Roger Merino

11. Earth Jurisprudence: Anthropocentrism and Neoliberal Rationality

Peter Burdon and Samuel Alexander

12. Global Animal Law, Pain, and Death: An International Law for the Dominion

Alejandro Lorite Escorihuela

Imagining a Non-Anthropocentric International Law

13. What Would a Post-Anthropocentric Legal System Look Like?

Ugo Mattei and Michael W. Monterossi

14. A Non-Anthropocentric Indigenous Research Methodology: The Anishinabe Waterdrum, Residential Schools, and Settler Colonialism

Valarie G. Waboose

15. Non-Human Animals as Epistemic Subjects of International Law

Vincent Chapaux

16. Grounding Ecocide, Humanity, and International Law

Tim Lindgren

17. Formless infinite: law beyond the Anthropocene and the Earth System

Elena Cirkovic

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Vincent Chapaux is the Research Manager of the Maison des Sciences Humaines of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
Frédéric Mégret is Full Professor and Dawson Scholar, as well as the co-Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at the Faculty of Law, McGill University, Canada.
Usha Natarajan
is Edward W Said Fellow at Columbia University and International Schulich Law Visiting Scholar at Dalhousie University.