Yoriko Otomo – After Persons, Animism, Animals and Law

Yoriko Otomo – After Persons, Animism, Animals and Law

Dans le cadre du cycle 2022-2024 des Ateliers de droit civil ayant pour thème « Démasquer la personne en droit privé », organisé par le Centre Paul-André Crépeau de droit privé et comparé et le Groupe de recherche sur les humanités juridiques, Yoriko Otomo (SOAS, University of London) présentera une conférence intitulée « After Persons, Animism, Animals and Law » lundi le 13 février 2023 de 13h00 à 14h30.

Cette conférence aura lieu sous format hybride. Elle sera prononcée en anglais.

Lien Zoom de la conférence : https://mcgill.zoom.us/j/87693310531?pwd=ZTlwU05SVmtvOE9xM1dMeDU1UXRkdz09

Résumé (en anglais seulement) : This lecture looks to the animist ethics of indigenous communities for ways of rethinking the dominant legal narrative about human-animal relations. It contributes to an ongoing conversation hosted by McGill Law School on legal personhood, and to a broader conversation about the ontologies of global governance. The chapter begins with a series of vignettes about personhood. This is followed by a discussion of the significance of the ‘question of the animal’ to understanding our legal imagination. The final part of the chapter considers non-Judeo-Christian legal cosmologies to start building a case for a life after persons.

La conférencière (en anglais seulement) : Yoriko Otomo is a Research Associate at SOAS, University of London, where she was a Senior Lecturer for a number of years before becoming Director of the Global Research Network and Think Tank, an organisation that promotes collaboration and knowledge transfer between North-South academics. She holds a Ph.D in Law (University of Melbourne) and has received numerous fellowships and awards. Yoriko has authored Unconditional Life: The Postwar International Law Settlement (Oxford University Press, 2016) and co-edited Law and the Question of the Animal: A Critical Jurisprudence (Routledge, 2014) and Making Milk: The Past, Present and Future of Our Primary Food (Bloomsbury, 2017) and is currently co-editing Routledge’s Handbook on Law and Animals (forthcoming, 2024). Recent interdisciplinary projects include a collaboration with architects on a permanent installation for the Court of Aarhus in Denmark, ‘Silent Parties’. Alongside academia, she has undertaken international environmental law consultancies over the last two decades for U.N., NGOs and government bodies. Her current research tries to go beyond critique to suggest practical ways of transforming current environmental law discourse.


lundi 13 février 2023


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


En ligne

Lieu 2

Salle 202, New Chancellor Day Hall, Faculté de droit, Université McGill
3644 rue Peel, Montréal, H3A 1W9


Centre Paul-André Crépeau de droit privé et comparé