Special Lecture on Global Society IV
Critical Environmental Legal Thought
This course introduces students to the most recent critical approaches to environmental law. Inspired by the intersecting strands of new materialist, relational and posthuman literatures, such approaches are also informed by the work of decolonial and indigenous scholars. On this basis, students explore how the destructive/restorative relations between humans and nonhumans can be construed beyond a narrow understanding of state sovereignty, territorial jurisdiction, and liberal human-centred notions of individuated agency.
Through short interactive lectures, classroom discussions based on pre-assigned readings, as well as specific learning activities (such as 'the cabinet of imaginary laws' or judgments projects), students examine in particular how to rethink the classical doctrines of responsibility and protection in (international) environmental law in light of notions such as 'response-abilities' and 'care in more-than-human worlds'.