Queering International Environmental Law: Fostering Human/Non-Human Relationships

  • Wed 9 Feb 22

    13:00 - 14:00

  • Online


  • Event speaker

    Dr Emily Jones

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Sociology, Department of

  • Contact details

    Professor Roisin Ryan-Flood

Join the Centre for Intimate and Sexual Citizenship for an insightful seminar with Dr Emily Jones, School of Law (University of Essex).

 Dr Emily Jones is a generalist public international lawyer whose interdisciplinary work combines theory and practice. Her work cuts across: gender and international law; international environmental law; the law of the sea; science, technology and international law; posthuman legal theory; gender and conflict; and political economy, imperialism and international law. Within these areas her current work focuses on the rights of nature, military technologies (including autonomous weapons systems and human enhancement technologies) and the regulation of deep-sea mining. Emily’s work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Human Rights and the EnvironmentAustralian Feminist Law JournalLondon Review of International LawRadical PhilosophyFeminist Legal Studies and Feminist Review. Emily has one co-authored book published with Zed Books entitled 'The Law of War and Peace: A Gender Analysis (Volume 1)' and is currently co-editing two forthcoming volumes: the 'More Posthuman Glossary' (Bloomsbury) and ‘International Law & Posthuman Theory’ (Routledge). Emily is also working on her monograph, 'Feminist Theory and International Law: Posthuman Perspectives,' forthcoming with Routledge's GlassHouse series. Emily is the co-founder and co-convener of the Essex Public International Law Lecture Series.

 International environmental law has been critiqued for being anthropocentric and for its ultimate prioritisation of human interests, and primarily human economic interests, over all others. It has been argued that this anthropocentrism ultimately renders international environmental law ineffective at providing the solutions needed to adequately tackle environmental degradation. This paper will draw on queer theories of the environment, including theories of trans ecology, concepts of the queer non-human and queer posthuman theory, to seek to understand how the application of these theories can help inform critical legal scholarship on international environmental law. It will be argued that the anti-essentialism of queer theories and their rejection of the nature-culture binary provides a unique way of understanding international environmental law, challenging the anthropocentrism of the law, and allowing for connections between humans and non-humans to be made visible. Such a paradigm shift, it is argued, will be required if international environmental law is to adequately begin to tackle core environmental issues, including climate change. 

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