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Comparative environmental law and orientalism : reading beyond the 'text' of traditional knowledge protection

Vermeylen, Saskia (2015) Comparative environmental law and orientalism : reading beyond the 'text' of traditional knowledge protection. Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, 24 (3). pp. 304-317. ISSN 0962-8797

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    Abstract

    This article uses traditional knowledge as a case study to address multiple discussions in the field of comparative law. First, it addresses the theoretical challenge of the role of comparative law as a critical research tool in the development of environmental law. Second, within the context of transnational legal processes, it questions the extent to which comparative law as a method can further the relationship between different levels of law making by distinct legal actors. It is timely to bring mainstream comparative law into conversation with critical perspectives from other disciplines such as postcolonial theory and poststructuralism when studying non-Western law. These issues have been firmly placed on the research agenda of comparative law scholars for quite a few years but studying these questions from the perspective of traditional knowledge brings a new outlook to these debates.