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The Routledge Handbook of International Law and Anthropocentrism

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    This handbook explores, contextualises 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, contextualises that claim in relation to broader critical theories of anthropocentrism, and explores alternative ways for international law to organise 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.

    Chapter 6 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. Funded by University of Gothenburg and Lund University.

    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

    Conceptualising 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


    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, USA and International Schulich Law Visiting Scholar at Dalhousie University, Canada.