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One Rights: Human and Animal Rights in the Anthropocene

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  • Provides an in-depth discussion of animal rights as new human rights
  • Offers a comprehensive review of human rights philosophy with regard to the animal question
  • Develops the novel One Rights approach as a normative companion to One Health

Part of the book series: SpringerBriefs in Law (BRIEFSLAW)

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Table of contents (4 chapters)


About this book

This is an open access book.Animals are the traditional blind spot in human rights theory. This book brings together the seemingly disparate discourses of human and animal rights, and looks at emerging animal rights as new human rights. It approaches the question whether animals can and should have human rights through a comprehensive review of contemporary human rights philosophy, discussing both naturalistic and political justifications of human and animal rights. On philosophical as well as practical grounds, this book argues that there are compelling conceptual, principled, and prudential reasons for modernizing the human rights paradigm and integrating animals into its protective mandate. 

Moreover, this book proposes the novel One Rights approach as a new (post-)human rights paradigm for the Anthropocene. One Rights advances a holistic understanding of the indivisibility and interdependence of human and animal rights. This book explores how thesystematic subjugation, exploitation, and extermination of animals simultaneously contributes to some of the gravest social and environmental threats to human rights, such as animalistic dehumanization and climate change. This book submits that, in light of their socio-political and ecological interconnectedness, human and animal rights are best protected in concert. 

The themes of this book are part of a larger conversation about postanthropocentric legal paradigms emerging in the Anthropocene. For human rights to survive in this era of anthropogenic crises, we need to abandon the toxic ideology of human exceptionalism and embrace a more inclusive version of (post-)human rights that tends to the nonhuman. This book intends to show that a holistic One Rights approach promises to achieve better rights-protective outcomes for humans, animals, and their shared planetary home.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany

    Saskia Stucki

About the author

Dr. Saskia Stucki is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, where she is working on her Habilitation project at the intersection of environmental and animal law. From 2018 to 2022, she was a recurrent visiting scholar at the Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program, where she worked on her postdoctoral research project Trilogy on a Legal Theory of Animal Rights (funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation). From 2012 to 2016, she was the academic coordinator of the doctoral programme 'Law and Animals' at the University of Basel Law School. She studied law at the University of Basel, where she also received her PhD in 2015. Saskia Stucki is one of the leading experts on the legal theory of animal rights. She is the author of the award-winning book Grundrechte für Tiere (Nomos 2016), and has authored numerous journal articles on the topic of animal law and rights, notably: Towards a Theory of Legal Animal Rights: Simple and Fundamental Rights (Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 2020) and Animal Warfare Law and the Need for an Animal Law of Peace: A Comparative Reconstruction (American Journal of Comparative Law, forthcoming 2023). She is the co-editor (with Anne Peters and Kristen Stilt) of the Oxford Handbook of Global Animal Law (forthcoming 2023).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: One Rights: Human and Animal Rights in the Anthropocene

  • Authors: Saskia Stucki

  • Series Title: SpringerBriefs in Law

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Law and Criminology, Law and Criminology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Author(s) 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-19203-6Published: 25 December 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-19201-2Published: 01 January 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2192-855X

  • Series E-ISSN: 2192-8568

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 104

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Human Rights, Theories of Law, Philosophy of Law, Legal History

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