Thinking through Anthropocentrism in International Law: Queer Theory, Posthuman Feminism and the Postcolonial

Whanganui River view from 2,500 ft

In a conversation between Dr Emily Jones, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, and Prof Dianne Otto from the University of Melbourne, published by the LSE’s Centre for Women, Peace + Security, they briefly outline the long-standing feminist critiques of liberal humanism in international law, as a starting point for a discussion about what a feminist approach to valuing and defending nature might be from a post-human feminist or feminist new materialist perspective.

Jones and Otto then consider how a posthuman feminist approach relates to the idea of granting legal personality to nature – or at least some aspects of nature – and the promises and risks of such projects.

They conclude by noting the limits of the law for feminists and others seeking to centre or protect nature while also challenging the hierarchies liberal humanism and the anthropocene create, and suggest some alternative ways of thinking about the relationship between nature and international law from a feminist perspective.

The conversation is available here.

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