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    De-Extinction, Regulation and Nature Conservation

    McMahon, Aisling and McCorristine, Shane and Doyle, David M and Allen, Jessica (2020) De-Extinction, Regulation and Nature Conservation. Journal of Environmental Law, 32 (2). pp. 309-322. ISSN 0952-8873

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    This analysis maps the key challenges posed by de-extinction to nature conservation law. The aim is to start a conversation about how such challenges should be framed and addressed if ongoing de-extinction projects in the United States of America (US) and the European Union (EU), the two jurisdictions examined, are successful. The analysis commences by providing a brief overview of existing debates in the conservation literature on the legal and ethical issues posed by de-extinction within the animal context. The article then proceeds to highlight two challenges animals created via de-extinction (de-extinctees) will likely pose for nature conservation law, namely: (1) to what extent taxonomies or definitions of ‘species’, and the methods for classifying these species under existing conservation frameworks, will be challenged by de-extinction; and (2) how existing conservation law frameworks in the US and the EU would likely apply to de-extinctees, and whether de-extinctees would be protected under these frameworks. It concludes by posing the broader question of whether and to what extent the law should facilitate de-extinction attempts in the same way that it has done for nature conservation.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: De-Extinction; Regulation; Nature Conservation;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 16382
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    Depositing User: Aisling McMahon
    Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2022 07:43
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Environmental Law
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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