Legal Mechanisms for Water Resources in the Third Millennium: Select papers from the IWRA XIV and XV World Water Congresses, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Legal Mechanisms for Water Resources in the Third Millennium

Select papers from the IWRA XIV and XV World Water Congresses, 1st Edition

Edited by Marcella Nanni, Stefano Burchi, Ariella D’Andrea, Gabriel Eckstein


238 pages

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Legal mechanisms for the management, development and protection of water resources have evolved over the years and have reached unprecedented levels of complexity and sophistication. This phenomenon is largely in response to the global community’s sustainable development agenda, to the challenges and limitations imposed by climate variability, and to scientific and technological advances. Bringing together diverse experiences from across the world, this book analyses existing water law and governance solutions, their shortcomings, as well as developments and trends in the light of changing circumstances. The legal mechanisms examined range from international treaties, agreements and arrangements on cooperation over transboundary water resources, to the onset of novel issues arising out of technological advances, and from domestic regulation of water abstraction and groundwater management, to domestic regulation of the water industry. The articles in this book were originally published in the journal Water International, following the XIV and the XV World Water Congresses of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA), which were held in 2011 and in 2015, respectively.

The chapters originally published in Water International.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

Marcella Nanni, Stefano Burchi, Ariella D’Andrea, Gabriel Eckstein

PART 1: Water law developments and trends in a changing world

2 A comparative review of contemporary water resources legislation: trends, developments 
and an agenda for reform

Stefano Burchi

3 Legislation as a tool in support of adaptive water management in response to climate change

Marcella Nanni

PART 2: Challenges to Water Security: Equity, legal pluralism, and climatic variability

4 Water governance reform in the context of inequality: securing rights or legitimizing

Helle Munk Ravnborg

5 Compulsory licensing under South Africa’s National Water Act

Michael Kidd

6 Legal pluralism and customary water resources management in Guatemala

Ariella D’Andrea

7 Why the Western United States’ prior appropriation water rights system should weather
 climate variability

Jonathan R. Schutz

8 Adapting water laws to increasing demand and a changing climate

Eric L. Garner

PART 3: Multiple approaches for achieving access to water

9 The human right to water as a creature of global administrative law

Owen McIntyre

10 The right to water in a transboundary context: emergence of seminal trends 

Christina Leb

11 Scottish Water: a public-sector success story

Sarah Hendry

PART 4: Science and the Law: bridging the gap

12 Are we killing the rain? Meditations on the water cycle and, more particularly,
 on bioprecipitation

Jane Maslow Cohen

13 Governing water augmentation under the Watercourse Convention

Rhett B. Larson  

PART 5: Cooperation on Transboundary water resources: current state and future directions

14 Joint infrastructure and the sharing of benefits in the Senegal and Niger watersheds

Mara Tignino

15 Ad hoc legal mechanisms governing transboundary aquifers: current status
 and future prospects

Laura Movilla Pateiro

16 Adaptation in the Tisza: innovation and tribulation at the sub-basin level

Shanna N. McClain, Carl Bruch and Silvia Secchi

About the Editors

Marcella Nanni is an expert in national and international water law and administration, and related disciplines, and the Vice-Chairperson of the Executive Council of the International Association for Water Law (AIDA).

Stefano Burchi is an expert in comparative and international water law. He is the Chairman of AIDA’s Executive Council.

Ariella D’Andrea is a natural resources lawyer specializing in fisheries, aquaculture and water resources law, and a member of AIDA.

Gabriel Eckstein is a professor of law at Texas A&M University School of Law, specializing in water, environment, natural resources and international law, and a member of AIDA.

About the Series

Routledge Special Issues on Water Policy and Governance

Most of the world’s water problems, and their solutions, are directly related to policies and governance, both specific to water and in general. Two of the world’s leading journals in this area, the International Journal of Water Resources Development (sponsored by the Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico) and Water International (the official journal of the International Water Resources Association), contribute to this special issues series, aimed at disseminating new knowledge on the policy and governance of water resources to a very broad and diverse readership all over the world. The series should be of direct interest to all policy makers, professionals and lay readers concerned with obtaining the latest perspectives on addressing the world’s many water issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Natural Resources