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Stewarding The Earth: Rethinking Property and the Emergence of Biocultural Rights

Sanjay Kabir Bavikatte


The book analyses the emergence of biocultural rights as a sub-set of third generation group rights in environmental law. It argues that these rights, which advocate a people’s duty of stewardship over Nature, have arisen as a response to the world’s ecological crisis. Indeed, the growing discourse about biocultural rights has begun a radical reconfiguration of the dominant notions of property and the juridical subject. The book uses a multipronged approach, relying upon economic, anthropological, political, and legal theories, to deconstruct the current concepts of private property from the p ... More

Keywords: biocultural rights, indigenous peoples, property, Nagoya Protocol, commoditization, gifts, homo economicus, biocultural protocols, traditional knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198098669
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198098669.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sanjay Kabir Bavikatte, author
UNU-JSPS Fellow, Staff Lawyer, Legal Advisor