Collegium Helveticum
Fellow Project 2022–2023

Representing the Non-Human
The Law beyond Linear Time and the Individual Subject

During her time at the Collegium, Veronica explored legal avenues to represent the interests of both existing and future non-human entities.

First, she mapped developments in constitutions, legislation, and jurisprudence that have given legal status to the natural world in recent years. Second, she conceived legal discourses and tools that make it possible to think of a legal subject which does not have the anthropocentric traits of the conventional subject of modern Western law. As for the second part, which was the core of the research, Veronica mapped a set of legal techniques that are already present in the existing legal systems and that allow for a decentering of the modern legal subject in order to recognize instead the “not-one,” the assembled, and the hybrid, focusing in particular on the possibilities offered by private law.