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The Routledge Handbook of Law and the Anthropocene

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April 28, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Law and the Anthropocene provides a critical survey into the function of law and governance during a time period when humans have power to impact the Earth system.

The Anthropocene is a ‘crisis of the earth system’. This book addresses its implications for law and legal thinking in the 21st century. Unpacking the challenges of the Anthropocene for advocates of ecological law and politics, this handbook pursues a range of approaches to the scientific fact of anthropocentrism, with contributions from lawyers, philosophers, geographers and environmental and political scientists. Rather than adopting a hubristic normativity, the contributors engage methods, concepts and legal instruments in a way that underscores the importance of humility and an expansive ethical worldview. Contributors to this volume are the leading scholars and future leaders in the field. Rather than upholding orthodoxy, the handbook also problematizes received wisdom and is grounded in the conviction that the ideas we have inherited from the Holocene must all be open to question.

Engaging such issues as the Capitalocene, Gaia theory, the rights of nature, posthumanism, the commons, geoengineering and civil disobedience, this handbook will be of enormous interest to academics, students and others with interests in ecological law and the current environmental crisis.

Table of Contents

Interrogating the Anthropocene Peter Burdon and James Martel First Laws The Problem with Sustainable Development in the Anthropocene Epoch: Reimagining International Environmental Law’s Mantra Principle Through Ubuntu Louis J. Kotzé, Sam Adelman and Felix Dube The Sovereign Order of Tiƞa: Enduring Traditions of Earth Jurisprudence in Africa Anatoli Ignatov The Super-factual Anthropocene and Encounters with Indigenous Law Kirsten Ankar and Mark Antaki Subjects of the Anthropocene The Anthropocene Archieve: Human and Inhuman Subjects and Sediments Kathleen Birrell We, Earthbound People: Constituent Power in Entangled Times Daniel Matthews Chastened Humanism in a Necrotic Anthropocene: Transcendence toward Less Ira Allen Lawscapes of Hope and Despair Biodiversity: The Neglected Lens for Reimagining Property, Responsibility and Law for the Anthropocene Paul Govind and Michelle Lim The Law of the Sea: Oceans, Ships and the Anthropocene Renisa Mawani Ocean Acidification and the Anthropocene: An Emergency Response Prue Taylor Outer Space in the Anthropocene Emily Ray Ecological and Earth Systems Law Taming Gaia 2.0: Earth System Law in the Ruptured Anthropocene Rakhyun E. Kim Collapse or Sustainability? Ecological Integrity as a Fundamental Norm of Law Klaus Bosselmann Making Ecological Integrity Human-inclusive in the Anthropocene Geoffrey Garver Dignity and Human Rights The Anthropocene and Human Rights: A New Context and the Need to Revisit Collective Human Concerns Karen Morrow Dignity in the Anthropocene Erin Daly and Dina Lupin Regulating Nature and Nature Regulates Regulating Nature and the Rule of Law Han Somsen Solar Geoengineering and the Challenge of Governing Multiple Risks in the Anthropocene Kerryn Brent The Transformative Power of Receptivity: Building a Smart Political Energy Grid in Response to Planetary Ecological Crisis Romand Coles and Lia Haro Imagination and Utopia Imagined Utopias Benjamin J. Richardson Myth for the Anthropocene Peter Burdon and James Martel The Nomos of Creativity in the Anthropocene Afshin Akhtar-Khavari and Lachlan Hoy Learning Ecological Law: Innovating Legal Curriculum and Pedagogy Kate Galloway and Nicole Graham Post-Script Law, Responsibility and the Capitalocene: In Search of New Arts of Living Anna Grear, Sally Wheeler and Peter Burdon

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Peter D. Burdon is Associate Professor at the Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide, Australia.

James Martel is Professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University, USA.


"This book opens up along a new horizon of what Anthropocene might mean for human juridical responsibility. Exceptionally interdisciplinary, this is a tapestry of perspectives that eschews romanticisation and remains critical throughout, reaching back to the indigenous roots of first laws and extending to new takes on geoengineering. This is a truly planetary book and perhaps its main lesson is this: that human exceptionalism must and can be translated into human responsibilisation with regards to our planet. If you want to find the tools to do this, read this book." Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, The Westminster Law & Theory Lab, London 

"Burdon and Martel have brought us an exciting and diverse collection of interdisciplinary essays that address today’s most urgent and critical questions. The authors marshal a strikingly wide range of conceptual resources, inspiring us to reimagine the human and the rules by which we live. It is abounding in creativity when we most need it!" Hasana Sharp, McGill University, Canada