Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Searching for Critical Environmental Law: Theories, Methods, Critiques

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Dawn in the Anthropocene

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Green room, Headington Hill Hall (Thursday), JHB 401, John Henry Brookes Building (Friday), Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


A joint workshop organised by Andreas Kotsakis, Oxford Brookes University and Vito De Lucia, UiT, The Arctic University of Norway

The aim of this workshop is to debate the conception and role of this field of legal scholarship. Critical environmental law is understood as an enquiry into the theoretical and institutional apparatus of both environmental law and the rationality of environmentalism. It seeks to problematize standard ontological, epistemological and axiological narratives from an interdisciplinary perspective, and to find and expose the slippages at the margins of the intersection between law and ecology.

Thursday 10 May 2018, Green Room, Headington Hill Hall
13.0013.15 Welcome and organisers’ opening remarks           
13.1514.45Panel 1: Environmental Histories
  Connor O’Callaghan, York University   Earth Jurisprudence and the Economy of the Electric Signal
  Vito De Lucia, UIT Arctic University of Norway Critical Environmental Law as Genealogical Problematization  
14.4515.00Coffee Break     
15.0016.45Panel 2: Rights and Principles    
  Åsa Ågren, Karlstad University Rationality and the Proportionality Principle
  Birsha Ohdedar, SOAS University of London Human Right to Water in the Anthropocene: In Search of a Critical Perspective
  Sam Adelman, University of Warwick Climate Justice in the Anthropocene
18.00 onwardsWorkshop drinks and dinner      
Friday 11 May 2018, JHB 401
10.0011.30Panel 3: Southern Perspectives  
  Guilherme Cruz de Mendonça, Rio de Janeiro Federal Institute of Technology, Science and Education Critical Environmental Law: perspectives from Latin America (Abya Ayala) and Brazil (Pindorama)
  Elisa Marchi, University of Florence Environmental Law at the Crossroads of Indigenous Resistance: the Relationship between Biocultural Diversity Discourse and Indigenous Collective Rights
11.3011.45Coffee Break
11.4513.15Panel 4: The Silences of International Environmental Law            
  Lucy Reimers, The Graduate Institute, Geneva “Mind the Gap” A Critical Discussion of Consumption in International Environmental Law
  Andreas Kotsakis, Oxford Brookes University Critical History of International Environmental Law in Critical Times
14.1516.00Panel 5: Critical Legal Theory and Environmental Law    
  Dan Matthews, University of Hong Kong Approaching Law and Aesthetics in the Anthropocene
  Francesco Forzani, University of Westminster Critical Environmental Law and Form of Life
  Emily Jones, University of Essex A Feminist New Materialist Analysis of Environmental Legal Personality: Transformations and Risks
16.0016.10Closing remarks


Image: Hundreds of Fly-tipped tyres in an disused chalk quarry in North Kent, England. Credit: Cugerbrant

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