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The Law And Governance Of Water Resources The Challenge of Sustainability

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ISBN13: 9781847206299
Published: November 2009
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £109.00

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This path-breaking book focuses on the law and legal doctrine within the wider policy context of water resources and analyses the concept of sustainability. To achieve the sustainable use and development of water resources is a daunting challenge for both global and local communities. It requires commitments from all groups within international, national and local communities from their own particular, possibly conflicting, perspectives. Without a set of coherent legal arrangements designed to ensure effective governance of water resources, their sustainable use and development is unlikely to be achieved.

Douglas Fisher considers how legal arrangements for managing water resources have evolved across the continents over hundreds of years. He explores their relevance for contemporary society; how the norms of current international and national legal regimes are responding; and, most importantly, how legal rights and duties should be structured so as to achieve sustainability in the future. This detailed textual and linguistic analysis of legal doctrines and instruments in relation to water resources will be invaluable for international and national water resources policy analysts, water resource managers and water resource lawyers. Students of water resource management, sustainable development and sustainability will also find this book of great interest to them.

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Energy and Natural Resources Law
Part I: The Challenge of Sustainable Water Resources Governance
1. Water Resources Governance in Context
2. The Conceptual Framework of Sustainability
3. Governance for Sustainable Development
Part II: The Formal Structure of Water Resources Governance
4. The Doctrinal Foundations of Water Resources Law
5. The Range of Functions Performed by States
6. Water Entitlements
Part III: The Normative Structure of International Arrangements
7. Norms of International Law
8. Norms in Interstate Agreements
Part IV: The Normative Structure of Arrangements Within States
9. Normative Arrangements in Federal Jurisdictions
10. Normative Arrangements in Unitary Jurisdictions
Part V: Evolving International Arrangements for Water Resources Governance
11. The Dynamics of the International Legal System
12. The Dynamics of Interstate Agreements
Part VI: Evolving National Arrangements for Water Resources Governance
13. Grundnorms Underlying Water Resources Development
14. Planning for Water Resources Development
15. Water Rights as Regulatory Instruments
Part VII: Towards Sustainable Water Resources Governance
16. Evolving Statutory Structures for Water Resources Governance
17. The Need for Doctrinal Innovation
18. Models of Doctrinal Innovation