ABSTRACT

Laws of the Sea assembles scholars from law, geography, anthropology, and environmental humanities to consider the possibilities of a critical ocean approach in legal studies.

Unlike the United Nations’ monumental Convention on the Law of the Sea, which imagines one comprehensive constitutional framework for governing the ocean, Laws of the Sea approaches oceanic law in plural and dynamic ways. Critically engaging contemporary concerns about the fate of the ocean, the collection’s twelve chapters range from hydrothermal vents through the continental shelf and marine genetic resources to coastal communities in France, Sweden, Florida, and Indonesia. Documenting the longstanding binary of land and sea, the chapters pose a fundamental challenge to European law’s “terracentrism” and its pervasive influence on juridical modes of knowing and making the world. Together, the chapters ask: is contemporary Eurocentric law—and international law in particular—capable of moving away from its capitalist and colonial legacies, established through myriad oceanic abstractions and classifications, toward more amphibious legalities?

Laws of the Sea will appeal to legal scholars, geographers, anthropologists, cultural and political theorists, as well as scholars in the environmental humanities, political ecology, ocean studies, and animal studies.

chapter |26 pages

Introduction

Amphibious Legal Geographies: Toward Land–Sea Regimes
ByIrus Braverman
Size: 3.37 MB

chapter 1|22 pages

The Vexed Liminality of Hydrothermal Vents

An Opportunity to Unmake the Law of the Sea
BySurabhi Ranganathan
Size: 2.81 MB

chapter 2|20 pages

Commodifying the Oceans

The North Sea Continental Shelf Cases Revisited
ByHenry Jones
Size: 0.93 MB

chapter 3|24 pages

Imagining Justice with the Abyssal Ocean

BySusan Reid
Size: 9.76 MB

chapter 4|28 pages

Genetic Freedom of the Seas in the Age of Extractivism

Marine Genetic Resources in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction
ByIrus Braverman
Size: 2.89 MB

chapter 5|24 pages

Oceanic Heterolegalities?

Ocean Commons and the Heterotopias of Sovereign Legality
ByVito De Lucia
Size: 41.82 MB

chapter 6|20 pages

Mining the Seas

Speculative Fictions and Futures
ByElizabeth DeLoughrey
Size: 1.88 MB

chapter 7|20 pages

Navigating the Structural Coherence of Sea Ice

ByPhilip Steinberg, Greta Ferloni, Claudio Aporta, Gavin Bridge, Aldo Chircop, Kate Coddington, Stuart Elden, Stephanie C. Kane, Timo Koivurova, Jessica Shadian, Anna Stammler-Gossmann
Size: 3.28 MB

chapter 8|18 pages

UNCLOS as a Geopolitical Chokepoint

Locked Down, Locked In, Locked Out
ByElspeth Probyn
Size: 1.07 MB

chapter 9|22 pages

From Extended Urbanization to Ocean Gentrification

Miami's River Port and the Precarious Geographies of Haitian Shipping
ByJeffrey S. Kahn
Size: 1.51 MB

chapter 10|16 pages

Miles and Norms in the Fishery of Marseille

On the Interface between Social Norms and Legal Rules
ByFlorian Grisel
Size: 2.62 MB

chapter 11|18 pages

Divided Environments

Scalar Challenges in Sweden's Marine and Coastal Water Planning
ByAron Westholm
Size: 1.38 MB

chapter 12|24 pages

Good Human–Turtle Relationships in Indonesia

Exploring Intersecting Legalities in Sea Turtle Conservation
ByAnnet Pauwelussen, Shannon Switzer Swanson
Size: 2.55 MB

chapter |11 pages

Afterword

We Are All Complicit: Performing Law through Wavewriting
ByAndreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos
Size: 0.83 MB