1st Edition

Transnational Environmental Law in the Anthropocene Reflections on the Role of Law in Times of Planetary Change

Edited By Emily Webster, Laura Mai Copyright 2021
    238 Pages
    by Routledge

    238 Pages
    by Routledge

    Anthropocene is the proposed name for the new geological epoch in which humans have overwhelming impact on planetary processes. This edited volume invites reflection on the meaning and role of law in light of changing planetary realties. Taking the concept of the Anthropocene as a starting point, the contributions to this book address emerging legal issues from a transnational environmental law perspective. How law interacts with, and how law governs, global environmental problems is a challenge that legal scholars have approached with vigour over the last decade.

    More recently, the concept of the Anthropocene has become a topic that researchers have also begun to grapple with by engaging with disciplines beyond legal scholarship. One avenue of research that has emerged to address global environmental problems is transnational environmental law. Adopting ‘transnational law’ as a lens or framework through which to analyse environmental law takes a broader approach to the ways in which law may be assessed and deployed to meet planetary challenges. The chapters within this book provide a timely intervention into the theoretical and practical approaches of transnational environmental law in a time of significant uncertainty and environmental and human crises.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Transnational Legal Theory.

    Introduction: Transnational environmental law in the Anthropocene

    Emily Webster and Laura Mai

    1. Two layers of self-regulation

    J. E. Viñuales

    2. Ecological law in the Anthropocene

    Peter D Burdon

    3. Environmental trusteeship and state sovereignty: can they be reconciled?

    Klaus Bosselmann

    4. Restoration and cooperation for flourishing socio-ecological landscapes

    Afshin Akhtar-Khavari

    5. Earth system law for the Anthropocene: rethinking environmental law alongside the Earth system metaphor

    Louis J. Kotzé

    6. (Transnational) law for the Anthropocene: revisiting Jessup’s move from ‘what?’ to ‘how?’

    Laura Mai

    7. Urgent agenda: how climate litigation builds transnational narratives

    Phillip Paiement

    8. Litigation and regulatory governance in the age of the Anthropocene: the case of fracking in the Karoo

    Melanie Murcott and Emily Webster

    9. The myth of mermaids and stewardship of the seas

    Emily Barritt

    10. To the Anthropocene and beyond: the responsibility of law in decimating and protecting marine life

    Pierre Cloutier de Repentigny

    11. Regimes of waste (im)perceptibility in the life cycle of metal

    Tina Beigi and Michael Hennessy Picard


    Emily Webster is Senior Research Fellow at the Transnational Law Institute and member of the Climate Law & Governance Centre at King’s College London. Her doctoral research is concerned with the role and influence of transnational climate change law and governance upon the state in facilitating the energy transition.

    Laura Mai is Senior Research Fellow at the Transnational Law Institute and member of the Climate Law & Governance Centre at King’s College London. Laura’s doctoral research explores the role of local governments and financial institutions in implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.