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De Lucia, Vito

PostDoc Fellow
Det juridiske fakultet


My most immediate research interests are located at the intersection of critical theory, law and ecology, with particular focus on international environmental law and climate justice. I am particularly interested in genealogy as a method of critical legal analysis, and in biopolitics as a theoretical register for reading environmental law.
At the same time, I am increasingly interested in the concept of the commons (in both legal and political philosophical terms). My postdoc project focuses on global commons (broadly construed) with a special focus on biodiversity in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction and marine genetic resources.


I am currently course convener for JUR 3622 "International Environmental Law and Climate Change in the Arctic", an elective course available to 5th year students enrolled in the master of law program, and to excahnge students.

I also teach the course JUR 3052 "Protection of Marine Biodiversity by International Law", and two PhD level courses, JUR 8002 "Jurisprudence" and JUR 8005 "International Legal Theory".

I am currently co-cupervisor of a PhD project on the role of RFMOs in the implementation of the ecosystem approach to fisheries.

Arbeider i CRIStin

  • De Lucia, Vito; Iavicoli, Viviana. From Outer Space to Ocean Depths: The ‘Spacecraft Cemetery’ and the Protection of the Marine Environment in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction. California Western International Law Journal 2019; Volum 49 (2). ISSN 0886-3210.s 345 - 389.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Rethinking the Conservation of Marine Biodiversity beyond National Jurisdiction: From “Not Undermine" to Ecosystem-Based Governance. ESIL Reflection 2019; Volum 8 (4).

  • De Lucia, Vito. Oceans Commons, Law of the Sea and Rights for the Sea. Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence 2019; Volum 32 (1). ISSN 0841-8209.s 45 - 57.s doi: 10.1017/cjlj.2019.2.

  • De Lucia, Vito. A critical interrogation of the relation between the ecosystem approach and ecosystem services. (fulltekst) Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law 2018; Volum 27. ISSN 2050-0386.s 104 - 114.s doi: 10.1111/reel.12227.

  • De Lucia, Vito. The Concept of Commons and Marine Genetic Resources in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction. (fulltekst) Maritime Safety and Security Law Journal 2018; Volum 5. ISSN 2464-9724.

  • De Lucia, Vito. The Practices of the Commons Between Decryption and Insurgent Critique. Rowman & Littlefield International 2018 ISBN 9781786609274.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Semantics of Chaos: Modernity, Law and the Commons. Pólemos Journal of Law, Literature and Culture 2018; Volum 12 (2). ISSN 2035-5262.s doi:

  • De Lucia, Vito. Bare Nature. The Biopolitical Logic of the International Regulation of Invasive Alien Species. Journal of environmental law 2018; Volum 31 (1). ISSN 0952-8873.s 109 - 134.s doi: 10.1093/jel/eqy016.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Common Goods and Human Rights: Intersecting Discourses, Converging Strategies, Conflicting Epistemic Imaginaries?. 2018 ISBN 8869243559.s 120 - 138.

  • De Lucia, Vito. The Arctic environment and the BBNJ negotiations. Special rules for special circumstances?. Marine Policy 2017; Volum 86. ISSN 0308-597X.s 234 - 240.s doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2017.09.011.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Beyond anthropocentrism and ecocentrism: A biopolitical reading of environmental law. Journal of Human Rights and the Environment 2017; Volum 8 (2). ISSN 1759-7188.s 181 - 202.s doi: 10.4337/jhre.2017.02.01.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Critical Environmental Law and the Double Register of the Anthropocene: a Biopolitical Reading. Hart Publishing Ltd 2017 ISBN 9781509906567.s 97 - 116.

  • Thomas-Pellicer, Ruth; De Lucia, Vito. Introduction: exploring re-embodiments. Routledge 2016 ISBN 9781138852877.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Re-embodying Law: transversal ecology and the commons. Routledge 2016 ISBN 9781138852877.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Competing Narratives and Complex Genealogies: The Ecosystem Approach in International Environmental Law. (fulltekst) Journal of environmental law 2014; Volum 27 (1). ISSN 0952-8873.s 91 - 117.s doi: 10.1093/jel/equ031.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Towards an Ecological Philosophy of Law: a Comparative Discussion. (fulltekst) Journal of Human Rights and the Environment 2013; Volum 4 (2). ISSN 1759-7188.s 167 - 190.s doi: 10.4337/jhre.2013.02.03.

  • De Lucia, Vito. The Climate Justice Movement and the Hegemonic Discourse of Technology. Routledge 2013 ISBN 978-0-415-83925-9.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Die Klimagerechtigkeitsbewegung und der hegemoniale Diskurs über Technologie. Springer 2013 ISBN 978-3-658-01970-9.

  • De Lucia, Vito. The 'Ecosystem Approach' in International Environmental Law. Genealogy and Biopolitics. Routledge 2019 ISBN 9781138557260.

  • Thomas-Pellicer, Ruth; De Lucia, Vito; Sullivan, Sian. Contributions to Law, Philosophy and Ecology. Exploring Re-Embodiments. Routledge 2016 ISBN 9781138852877.

  • De Lucia, Vito; Primicerio, Raul; Prip, Christian; Kraabel, Kristine Dalaker. Arctic protection can't wait for global treaty. Nature 2019; Volum 565. ISSN 0028-0836.s 161 - .s doi: doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-00021-3.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Unthinking the Logic of Sovereign Spatiality: Ocean Commons and Ecosystem-based Governance. The Rule of Law for Oceans 2019-11-04 - 2019-11-05 2019.

  • De Lucia, Vito. The Dissolution of Munus, the Dispute on Poverty and the Birth of Modernity. Critical Legal Conference 2019 2019-09-12 - 2019-09-14 2019.

  • De Lucia, Vito. The conservation of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction: (some) takeaways from IGC-3. JCLOS FInal Conference "Balancing Stability and Flexibility in Adapting to Future Challenges" 2019-09-19 - 2019-09-20 2019.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Reading Law Outside of the Legal Text: Legal Narratives​. Narrative Science Seminar Series 2019-03-12 - 2019.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Reflecting on the meaning of “not undermining” ahead of IGC-2. JCLOS Blog 2019.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Ecosystem Governance in the Arctic. Side Event to Arctic Frontiers 2019 ,"COMPATIBILITY, COOPERATION AND INTERACTION: IMPLICATIONS OF A BBNJ TREATY FOR THE ARCTIC" 2019-01-24 - 2019-01-24 2019.

  • De Lucia, Vito; Prip, Christian; Kraabel, Kristine Dalaker; Primicerio, Raul. Arctic Marine Biodiversity in the High Seas between Regional and Ocean Governance. Arctic Review on Law and Politics 2018; Volum 9 (1). ISSN 1891-6252.s 264 - 266.s doi:

  • De Lucia, Vito. Biodiversity in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction: Regulating and Protecting the Marine Genetic Resources of the Deep Sea. Havetshemmeligheter 2018-08-30 - 2018.

  • De Lucia, Vito. A Critical Map of the Process towards a New Treaty on Marine Biodiversity in areas Beyond National Jurisdiction. Mapping the Arctic Ocean: An Interdisciplinary Workshop to Map the Frontiers of Knowledge 2018-06-05 - 2018.

  • De Lucia, Vito. The Ecosystem Approach to Marine Biodiversity Conservation in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction. New Knowledge and Changing Circumstances in the Law of the Sea 2018-06-28 - 2018-06-30 2018.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Critical Environmental Law as Genealogical Problematization. Searching for Critical Environmental Law: Theories, Methods, Critiques 2018-05-10 - 2018-05-11 2018.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Reflections on the future of the commons. Intervention as discussant.. "The Future of the Commons". Roundtable (omtale) 2018-02-28 - 2018-02-28 2018.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Interview with Italian Science News Program "Leonardo". RAI 3, Part II. 2018.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Interview with Italian Science News Program "Leonardo". RAI 3, Part I. 2018.

  • De Lucia, Vito. The Ecosystem Approach for Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Reflections on the Chair’s non-paper ahead of “PREPCOM III”. (fulltekst) JCLOS Blog 2017.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Interview with Italian Science News Program "Leonardo". 2017.

  • Kraabel, Kristine Dalaker; De Lucia, Vito; Prip, Christian. Possible Implications of a BBNJ Agreement for Arctic Marine Governance, with Vito De Lucia and Christian Prip as Presenters, and Kristine Dalaker Kraabel as Chair. Possible Implications of a BBNJ Agreement for Arctic Marine Governance 2017-04-05 - 2017-04-05 2017.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Le Risorse Genetiche Marine in Aree al di fuori della Giurisdizione Statale come Global Commons?. Rivista Marittima 2017.s 37 - 42.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Verso un nuovo accordo sulla biodiversità marina in aree al di fuori della giurisdzione Statale. Seminario di Studi BIODIVERSITA' E TUTELA DELLE AREE MARINE 2017-11-21 - 2017.

  • De Lucia, Vito. The Arctic Environment and the BBNJ Agreement. Raising Some Questions. Side Event to UN PREPCOM III on BBNJ 2017-04-05 - 2017-04-05 2017.

  • De Lucia, Vito. The Concept of Commons in International Law and Marine Genetic Resources. Some Reflections. Oceans Commons. Common Heritage, Marine Genetic Resources and Biodiversity Conservation in Marine Areas beyond National Jurisdiction 2017-06-13 - 2017-06-13 2017.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Ecosystem approaches and its relevance for Indigenous peoples, traditional ecological knowledge, holistic world views – tentative research questions. NORSIL Seminar 2016-03-14 - 2016-03-15 2016.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Climate Change and the Arctic as a Common Concern. (fulltekst) völkerrechtsblog 2016. ISSN 2510-2567.

  • De Lucia, Vito. A Critical Interrogation of the Relation between the Ecosystem Approach and Ecosystem Services. The Ecosystem Approach in Ocean Planning and Govrernance 2016-11-07 - 2016-11-08 2016.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Of Commons, Heterolegalities and Alter-Temporalities. Critical Legal Conference 2016 2016-09-01 - 2016-09-03 2016.

  • De Lucia, Vito. The Future of Nature: Documents of Global Change. Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law 2016; Volum 25 (2). ISSN 2050-0386.s 270 - 272.s doi: 10.1111/reel.12166.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Active Citizenship for the Common Good(s) in Italy. Active Citizenship Today 2016-06-01 - 2016-06-02 2016.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Chaos, Modernity and the Commons. 4th Europe's Common Workshop "From the Common Good to Common Goods" 2015-03-26 - 2015-03-27 2015.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Introduction to International Environmental Law and the International Climate Regime. Changemaker Helg 2015 2015-09-25 - 2015-09-27 2015.

  • De Lucia, Vito. The Practices of the Commons between Decryption and Insurgent Critique. Critical Legal Conference 2015 2015-09-03 - 2015-09-05 2015.

  • De Lucia, Vito. A Biopolitical critique of Environmental Law. Critical Legal Conference 2015 2015-09-03 - 2015-09-05 2015.

  • Pontin, Benjamin; De Lucia, Vito; Gamero Rus, Jesus Marcos. Environmental Injustice in Occupied Palestinian Territory: Problems and Prospects. (fulltekst) 2015 ISBN 978-9950-327-46-7.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Green Governance: Ecological Survival, Human Rights and the Law of the Commons. By Burns H Weston and David Bollier (Book Review). Journal of environmental law 2015; Volum 27 (2). ISSN 0952-8873.s 373 - 376.s doi: 10.1093/jel/eqv014.

  • De Lucia, Vito. The Ecosystem Approach in International Environmental Law: Continuity or Paradigm Shift?. Italian day at UiT Arctic University of Norway (prosjekt) 2014-06-11 - 2014.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Environmental Injustice in Palestine. Boell Debates 2014-12-01 - 2014-12-01 2014.

  • De Lucia, Vito. The Convention on Migratory Species Agrees on Measures to Protect Cetacean Culture. (fulltekst) JCLOS Blog 2014.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Chaotic Property, the Commons and Altermodernity. Critical Legal Conference 2014 2014-09-04 - 2014-09-06 2014.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Law as Insurgent Critique: The Perspective of the Commons in Italy. (fulltekst) Critical Legal Thinking 2013.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Freedom of the Seas and the Entry into Modernity. Juss i Havet, Forskningsdagene (prosjekt) 2013-09-23 - 2013.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Økosystembasert tilnærming: normer og verdier. Økosystembasert tilnærming: Utfordringen å gjennomføre denne i forvaltning av norske marine ressurser og havområder 2012-09-04 - 2012-09-05 2012.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Bali Roadmap. Sage Publications 2012 ISBN 9781412992619.s 117 - 120.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Common But Differentiated Responsibility. Sage Publications 2012 ISBN 9781412992619.s 360 - 362.

  • De Lucia, Vito. Climate Debt. Sage Publications 2012 ISBN 9781412992619.s 280 - 283.