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The Use of Biodiversity in International Law: A Genealogy of Genetic Gold

Kotsakis, Andreas (2021) The Use of Biodiversity in International Law: A Genealogy of Genetic Gold. Law, Science and Society . Routledge, 132 pp. ISBN 978-1-138-84909-9. E-ISBN 978-1-315-72584-0. (doi:10.4324/9781315725840) (KAR id:96867)


This book presents a legal genealogy of biodiversity – of its strategic use before and after the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity, 1993.

This history of ‘genetic gold’ details how, with the aid of international law, the idea of biodiversity has been instrumentalized towards political and economic aims. A study of the strategic utility of biodiversity, rather than the utility of its protection under international law, the book’s focus is not, therefore, on the sustainable or non-sustainable use of biodiversity as a natural resource, but rather on its historical use as an intellectual resource. Although biodiversity is still not being effectively conserved, nor sustainably used, the Convention on Biological Diversity and its parent regime persists, now after several decades of operation. This book provides the comprehensive answer to the question of the convention’s continued existence.

Drawing from environmental history, the philosophy of science, political economy and development studies, this book will be of interest to advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students in Environmental Law, International Law, Environmental Studies, and Ecology.

Item Type: Book
DOI/Identification number: 10.4324/9781315725840
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
J Political Science > JX International law
K Law > KZ Law of Nations
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Andreas Kotsakis
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2022 08:09 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2022 13:49 UTC
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