Biopolitics and Sovereignty

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  • Title: Biopolitics and Sovereignty: Decontextualization and Recontextualization of Anthropolaw
  • Author(s): Stefan Litz
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Common Ground Open
  • Journal Title: The Global Studies Journal
  • Keywords: Agamben, Foucault, International Law, Anthropolaw, Biolaw, Philosophy of History, Global Normativity
  • Volume: 11
  • Issue: 4
  • Year: 2018
  • ISSN: 1835-4432 (Print)
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  • Citation: Litz, Stefan . 2018. "Biopolitics and Sovereignty: Decontextualization and Recontextualization of Anthropolaw." The Global Studies Journal 11 (4): 33-47. doi:10.18848/1835-4432/CGP/v11i04/33-47.
  • Extent: 15 pages


This article critically examines the limitations of existing international regimes and declarations attempting to create a transnational normative order of human life. Drawing on the biopolitical frameworks of Agamben and Foucault, the article argues that the establishment of a global anthropolaw is necessary considering a new paradigm of biopolitics based on the implications of the rapidly developing genetic engineering technology. The article will demonstrate that the existing bioregimes are ineffective regarding the establishment of a global law regulating genetic modifications of humans. The institutionalization of a global anthropoconstitution as a particular sectoral global constitution could, however, establish such a global framework outlining the normative standards for human genetic engineering. The decontextualized global anthropolaw will need to be recontextualized by the various law-making bodies and institutions.