The Routledge Handbook of Law and the Anthropocene provides a critical survey into the function of law and governance during a time when humans have the power to impact the Earth system.

The Anthropocene is a “crisis of the earth system.” This book addresses its implications for law and legal thinking in the twenty-first century. Unpacking the challenges of the Anthropocene for advocates of ecological law and politics, this handbook pursues a range of approaches to the scientific fact of anthropocentrism, with contributions from lawyers, philosophers, geographers, and environmental and political scientists. Rather than adopting a hubristic normativity, the contributors engage methods, concepts, and legal instruments in a way that underscores the importance of humility and an expansive ethical worldview. Contributors to this volume are leading scholars and future leaders in the field. Rather than upholding orthodoxy, the handbook also problematizes received wisdom and is grounded in the conviction that the ideas we have inherited from the Holocene must all be open to question.

Engaging such issues as the Capitalocene, Gaia theory, the rights of nature, posthumanism, the commons, geoengineering, and civil disobedience, this handbook will be of enormous interest to academics, students, and others with interests in ecological law and the current environmental crisis.

part I|48 pages

First Laws

chapter 1|15 pages

The Problem with Sustainable Development in the Anthropocene Epoch

Reimagining International Environmental Law's Mantra Principle Through Ubuntu
ByLouis J. Kotzé, Sam Adelman, Felix Dube

chapter 2|17 pages

The Sovereign Order of Tiƞa

Enduring Traditions of Earth Jurisprudence in Africa
ByAnatoli Ignatov

chapter 3|14 pages

The Super-Factual Anthropocene and Encounters with Indigenous Law

ByKirsten Anker, Mark Antaki

part II|48 pages

Subjects of the Anthropocene

chapter 4|14 pages

The Anthropocene Archive

Human and Inhuman Subjects and Sediments
ByKathleen Birrell

chapter 5|15 pages

We, Earthbound People

Constituent Power in Entangled Times
ByDaniel Matthews

chapter 6|17 pages

Chastened Humanism and/or Necrotic Anthropocene

Transcendence toward Less
ByIra Allen

part III|64 pages

Landscapes of Hope and Despair

chapter 7|16 pages


The Neglected Lens for Reimagining Property, Responsibility, and Law for the Anthropocene
ByPaul J. Govind, Michelle Lim

chapter 8|15 pages

The Law of the Sea

Oceans, Ships, and the Anthropocene
ByRenisa Mawani

chapter 9|18 pages

Ocean Acidification and the Anthropocene

An Emergency Response
ByPrue Taylor

chapter 10|13 pages

Outer Space in the Anthropocene

ByEmily Ray

part IV|48 pages

Ecological and Earth Systems Law

chapter 11|14 pages

Taming Gaia 2.0

Earth System Law in the Ruptured Anthropocene 1
ByRakhyun E. Kim

chapter 12|17 pages

Collapse or Sustainability?

Ecological Integrity as a Fundamental Norm of Law 1
ByKlaus Bosselmann

chapter 13|15 pages

Making Ecological Integrity Human-Inclusive in the Anthropocene

ByGeoffrey Garver

part V|36 pages

Dignity and Human Rights

chapter 14|16 pages

The Anthropocene and Human Rights

A New Context and the Need to Revisit Collective Human Concerns
ByKaren Morrow

chapter 15|18 pages

Dignity in the Anthropocene

ByErin Daly, Dina Lupin

part VI|42 pages

Regulating Nature and Nature Regulates

chapter 16|10 pages

Regulating Nature and the Rule of Law

ByHan Somsen

chapter 18|19 pages

The Transformative Power of Receptivity

Building a Smart Political Energy Grid in Response to Planetary Ecological Crisis
ByRomand Coles, Lia Haro

part VII|56 pages

Imagination and Utopia

chapter 19|17 pages

Imagined Utopias

ByBenjamin J. Richardson

chapter 20|12 pages

Myth for the Anthropocene

ByPeter D. Burdon, James Martel

chapter 21|12 pages

The Nomos of Creativity in the Anthropocene

ByAfshin Akhtar-Khavari, Lachlan Hoy

chapter 22|13 pages

Learning Ecological Law

Innovating Legal Curriculum and Pedagogy
ByKate Galloway, Nicole Graham

part VIII|20 pages


chapter 23|18 pages

Law, Responsibility, and the Capitalocene

In Search of New Arts of Living
BySally Wheeler, Anna Grear, Peter Burdon