Blue Legalities: Governing More-than-Human Oceans – An Introduction

Elizabeth R. Johnson and Irus Braverman. 2020. “Blue Legalities: Governing More-than-Human Oceans – An Introduction.” In Irus Braverman and Elizabeth R. Johnson (eds.). Blue Legalities: The Life and Laws of the Sea. Duke University Press (January 2020, Forthcoming).

University at Buffalo School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2019-006

33 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2019

See all articles by Irus Braverman

Irus Braverman

University at Buffalo Law School

Elizabeth R. Johnson

Durham University - Department of Geography

Date Written: October 15, 2019

Abstract

The ocean and its inhabitants sketch and stretch our understandings of law in unexpected ways. Inspired by the blue turn in the social sciences and humanities, Blue Legalities explores how regulatory frameworks and governmental infrastructures are made, reworked, and contested in the oceans. Its interdisciplinary contributors analyze topics that range from militarization and Maori cosmologies to island building in the South China Sea and underwater robotics. Throughout, Blue Legalities illuminates the vast and unusual challenges associated with regulating the turbulent materialities and lives of the sea. Offering much more than an analysis of legal frameworks, the chapters in this volume show how the more-than-human ocean is central to the construction of terrestrial institutions and modes of governance. By thinking with the more-than-human ocean, Blue Legalities questions what we think we know—and what we don’t know—about oceans, our earthly planet, and ourselves.

Note: Volume contributors: Stacy Alaimo, Amy Braun, Irus Braverman, Holly Jean Buck, Jennifer L. Gaynor, Stefan Helmreich, Elizabeth R. Johnson, Stephanie Jones, Zsofia Korosy, Berit Kristoffersen, Jessica Lehman, Astrida Neimanis, Susan Reid, Alison Rieser, Katherine G. Sammler, Astrid Schrader, Kristen L. Shake, Phil Steinberg

Keywords: blue legalities, marine law, UNCLOS, governing oceans, turbulent materialities, more-than-human legalities

Suggested Citation

Braverman, Irus and Johnson, Elizabeth, Blue Legalities: Governing More-than-Human Oceans – An Introduction (October 15, 2019). Elizabeth R. Johnson and Irus Braverman. 2020. “Blue Legalities: Governing More-than-Human Oceans – An Introduction.” In Irus Braverman and Elizabeth R. Johnson (eds.). Blue Legalities: The Life and Laws of the Sea. Duke University Press (January 2020, Forthcoming). ; University at Buffalo School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2019-006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3470698

Irus Braverman (Contact Author)

University at Buffalo Law School ( email )

School of Law
528 O'Brian Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
United States
716-645-3030 (Phone)
716-645-2064 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~irusb/

Elizabeth Johnson

Durham University - Department of Geography ( email )

Durham, DH1 3HY
United Kingdom

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Downloads
23
Abstract Views
137
PlumX Metrics