Comparative Studies of the Normative Basis of Civil Society I
Law and Natural Resources
This course addresses the role of law in regulating natural resource exploration, exploitation and conservation either within or beyond national jurisdiction. It focuses on specific materials and processes that exist in nature and are considered of actual or potential use or value to humans : land, minerals, genetic resources, Antarctica, and so
forth. Through an integrated analysis of seemingly disparate fields of law (environmental law, investment law, human rights law, socio-legal studies), students explore how the law mediates the competing interests that come into contact as a result of economic globalization. Using case studies and joint mini-projects, they discuss this complex, ever-evolving and uneven web of legal norms from the critical perspective. In so doing, they both assess to what extent and with what consequences law is forged by an anthropocentric view of nature; and examine the opportunities and constraints for different (legal) approaches.