Laws of the Sea

Laws of the Sea

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Laws of the Sea assembles scholars from law, geography, anthropology, and environmental humanities to consider the possibilities of a critical ocean approach in legal studies. Unlike the United Nations’ monumental Convention on the Law of the Sea, which imagines one comprehensive constitutional framework for governing the ocean, Laws of the Sea approaches oceanic law in plural and dynamic ways. Critically engaging contemporary concerns about the fate of the ocean, the collection’s twelve chapters range from hydrothermal vents through the continental shelf and marine genetic resources to coastal communities in France, Sweden, Florida, and Indonesia. Documenting the longstanding binary of land and sea, the chapters pose a fundamental challenge to European law’s “terracentrism” and its pervasive influence on juridical modes of knowing and making the world. Together, the chapters ask: is contemporary Eurocentric law—and international law in particular—capable of moving away from its capitalist and colonial legacies, established through myriad oceanic abstractions and classifications, toward more amphibious legalities? Laws of the Sea will appeal to legal scholars, geographers, anthropologists, cultural and political theorists, as well as scholars in the environmental humanities, political ecology, ocean studies, and animal studies.

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  • Applied ecology
  • blue humanities
  • Company, commercial & competition law
  • Constitutional & administrative law
  • Energy & natural resources law
  • Environment law
  • Environment, transport & planning law
  • Environmental management
  • Humanities
  • International law
  • International law of transport, communications & commerce
  • International maritime law
  • Jurisprudence & general issues
  • Law
  • Laws of Specific jurisdictions
  • Lifestyle, sport & leisure
  • Maritime Studies
  • Materialism
  • Natural history
  • Ocean
  • Philosophy
  • Posthumanism
  • Social & political philosophy
  • The Earth: natural history general
  • The environment
  • Wildlife: aquatic creatures
  • Wildlife: general interest


DOI: 10.4324/9781003205173


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