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Role of Customary Law in Sustainable Development


ISBN13: 9780521173421
Published: November 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback reissue
Price: £39.99
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For many nations, a key challenge is how to achieve sustainable development without a return to centralized planning. Using case studies from Greenland, Hawaii and northern Norway, this 2006 book examines whether ‘bottom-up’ systems such as customary law can play a critical role in achieving viable systems for managing natural resources. Customary law consists of underlying social norms that may become the acknowledged law of the land. The key to determining whether a custom constitutes customary law is whether the public acts as if the observance of the custom is legally obligated. While the use of customary law does not always produce sustainability, the study of customary methods of resource management can produce valuable insights into methods of managing resources in a sustainable way.

Subjects:
Environmental Law
Contents:
Preface
1. The linkage between sustainable development and customary law
2. Three case studies from Hawaii, Norway and Greenland
3. Social interaction: the foundation of customary law
4. How custom becomes law in England
5. How custom becomes law in Norway
6. Adaptive resource management through customary law
7. The place of customary law in democratic societies
8. Customary law, sustainable development and the failing state
9. Towards sustainability: the basis in international law
10. The case studies revisited
11. The choice of customary law
12. Conclusion: customary law in a globalizing culture.