Special Lecture on Global Society II
Law and/in the Anthropocene
This course explores how and the extent to which law is transforming in the Anthropocene. It examines the growing importance of critical approaches to environmental law and the progressive emergence of innovative regulatory frameworks in the face of ecological disaster. Through short interactive lectures, we will start by questioning the conception of the natural world on which Western Law has rested for centuries – that of an inert standing reserve of resources or a collection of passive entities dominated by physical laws and susceptible to appropriation by the sovereign subject. Then, based upon case studies and role-play simulations, we will investigate the role of nascent ‘more-than-human’ approaches to law in the design of new decision-making processes and governance tools (with a focus on ecosystem-based regulation, new forms of environmental stewardship and trusteeship, Nature’s rights and tribunals, as well as the criminalization of ecocide).