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Imperial Ecologies: Environmental Law as Colonial Technology in French Algeria and Occupied Palestine




Series: ILAG

Speaker: Dr Mario Prost, Keele University


The relationship between colonialism and environmentalism remains a largely unexplored question in the social sciences. Whilst environmental historians have begun to map the influence of the colonial experience on the emergence of early environmental thoughts and attitudes (Grove, Thomas, Crosby), the role of environmentalism itself in the colonial dispositif has not been systematically or critically examined. This paper explores some of the ways in which environmental narratives, laws and policies have served to justify, support and legalize colonial projects. Using French Algeria and Occupied Palestine as historical examples, it examines the decisive impact of particular conceptions of nature on Europe’s ‘civilizing mission’ and the manner in which specific environmental laws and policies (forest codes, nature reserves, national parks) have been mobilized as discrete yet powerful colonial technologies of control over non-European lands and peoples. This paper is part of a broader project that seeks to complicate the accepted historiography of (international) environmental law and to study its largely overlooked colonial/imperial structures.

Biography: Mario Prost is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at Keele University. He is a graduate of the Sorbonne Law School and McGill University. Since 2014, he is a member of the Board of the European Society of International Law.

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1.00pm - 3.00pmWednesday 22nd March 2017

AG01 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

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