Principles of Water Law and Administration: National and International, 3rd Edition, 3rd Edition (Hardback) book cover

Principles of Water Law and Administration

National and International, 3rd Edition, 3rd Edition

By Dante A. Caponera, Marcella Nanni

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370 pages

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Description

This book, which was first published in 1992 and updated in 2007, now in its third edition, provides a tool for dealing with the legal and institutional aspects of water resources management within national contexts and at the level of transboundary water resources. Like the previous editions, this new edition seeks to cover all aspects that need to be known in order to attain good water governance, but contains updates relating, in particular, to:

  • Developments in the law of transboundary aquifers;
  • "Greening" of water law, calling for the progressive integration of environmental law principles into international water agreements and domestic water legislation (see, for instance, transboundary EIA);
  • The emerging right to water as a human right;
  • The need for enhanced public participation in planning and decision making;
  • Climate change, calling for the integration into the law of tools that facilitate adaptive water management;
  • Progress in the implementation of EU law within national jurisdictions and transboundary contexts;
  • Efforts of regional organizations other than the EU, to steer cooperation in the management of transboundary water resources and the harmonization of national laws;
  • Adoption of new water laws (worldwide) supporting IWRM; 
  • New international agreements, and new river basin commissions, in line with the UN Watercourses Convention (which is now in force);
  • Recent judicial decisions.

Unique in its scope and nature, the book identifies the legal and institutional issues arising in connection with water resources management and provides guidelines for possible solutions in a manner accessible to a wide range of readers. Thus, it is a useful reference for lawyers and non-lawyers – engineers, hydrologists, hydrogeologists, economists, sociologists – dealing with water resources within government institutions, river basin commissions, international organizations, financing institutions and academic institutions, among other things, and also for students of disciplines related to water resources.

Key Features:

  • Identifying the legal and institutional issues arising in connection with water resources management.
  • Providing guidelines for possible solutions in a manner accessible to a wide range of readers.
  • Useful reference for lawyers and non-lawyers dealing with water resources, river basin commissions, international organizations, financing institutions and academic institutions.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

2 Earliest water regulations and management

3 Roman and intermediate period

4 Definition and sources of water law

5 Existing systems

6 Development by region

7 Possible contents of and reasons for water law

8 Water resources planning and water law

9 National water resources administration

10 International water resources law in general

11 International water resources law: Major issues

12 International water resources administration

13 Legal and institutional aspects of groundwater management

About the Authors

Marcella Nanni is a recognized international expert in water law and administration and related disciplines. She has provided legal advice to a number of governments, regional organizations and river basin institutions within the framework of projects financed by international organizations such as FAO, the European Union, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and by bilateral donors. This advice has covered the drafting of water legislation, water policies and international agreements, the development of proposals for the approximation of legislation of EU accession countries to the EU water acquis, the restructuring of water resources management institutions, water law implementation requirements and the formulation and conduct of capacity-building programmes.

Marcella is Vice-Chairperson of the Executive Council of the International Association for Water Law/Asociación Internacional de Derecho de Aguas (AIDA) and is the editor of the association's newsletter, 'Aquaforum.' She collaborated with Dr. Caponera for the research on the first edition of this book and produced the revised edition of the book in 2007. Marcella Nanni is the author of a number of published articles on water law topics.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW034000
LAW / Environmental
TEC000000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / General