Bare Nature. The Biopolitical Logic of the International Regulation of Invasive Alien Species
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AuthorDe Lucia, Vito
There is a general and widespread consensus on the negative impacts of invasive alien species on biological diversity. Invasive alien species are indeed considered a fundamental threat for endemic biological diversity. Their introduction to novel environments is often described, eloquently, as a biological invasion. How is the threat of invasive alien species addressed in international law? This article argues that the international regulation of invasive alien species responds to a biopolitical logic that transforms certain species into ‘bare nature’, ie a nature that can be unproblematically killed—through eg eradication programmes—in order to protect other species. It is precisely this biopolitical aporia that I endeavour to render visible, whereby in order to protect life (ie biodiversity), law sanctions the killing of (other) life, namely invasive alien species.
This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Journal of environmental law following peer review. The version of record De Lucia, V. (2018). Bare Nature. The Biopolitical Logic of the International Regulation of Invasive Alien Species. Journal of environmental law, is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/jel/eqy016.