The Routledge Handbook of International Law and Anthropocentrism
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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
2. The Anthropocentrism of Human Rights
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
9. Towards an Ecofeminist Critique of International Law?
10. Indigenous Knowledge and International (Anthropocentric) Law: The Politics of Thinking from (and for) Another World
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
16. Grounding Ecocide, Humanity, and International Law
17. Formless infinite: law beyond the Anthropocene and the Earth System
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.