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The Use of Biodiversity in International Law: A Genealogy of Genetic Gold

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ISBN13: 9781138849099
To be Published: March 2018
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £85.00

The protection of biodiversity through an international treaty underpinning a global regulatory regime has been accepted as the necessary legal and political structure for at least the last two decades.

Based on a simple spatial and jurisdictional equation, the idea that a globally defined environmental problem of biodiversity loss has to be addressed by a similarly global mechanism appears self-evident. But this belief in the scope and scale of international environmental law, in its formalist process and eventual substantive effectiveness, is a political truth that possesses its own history. How have we come to think that we need a global biodiversity regime? And what are the effects of this need? This book employs a Foucaultian genealogical method to present an expanded, detailed and critical history of the discursive and practical use of biodiversity in international law.

Drawing from environmental history, philosophy of science, political economy and development studies, this book articulates the series of on-going tactical battles over the scientific, social, economic and political truths that constitute biodiversity as an object of knowledge and regulation. The production of biodiversityas a factual ecological truth cannot, this book argues, be separated from the processes of its social, economic, political and legal problematization.

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Public International Law, Law and Society
1. Foucault, genealogy, environmental law
2. The invention of biodiversity
3. The resource economics of fear
4. The ‘de-ecologisation’ of biodiversity
5. The promise of genetic gold
6. Distribution: the legal institution of benefit sharing
7. Participation: communities as entrepreneurs and stewards

Series: Law, Science and Society

Lie Detection in Practice: Ontologies of Lying in Socio-Legal Contexts ISBN 9781138855632
To be published November 2017
Complexity Theory and Law: Mapping an Emergent Jurisprudence ISBN 9780415786096
To be published October 2017
Gene Editing, Law, and the Environment: Life Beyond the Human
Edited by: Irus Braverman
ISBN 9781138051126
To be published August 2017
Law and the Management of Disasters: The Challenge of Resilence ISBN 9781138193529
Published December 2016
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