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Routledge Handbook of Water Law and Policy

ISBN 9781138121201
Published February 7, 2017 by Routledge
434 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Water plays a key role in addressing the most pressing global challenges of our time, including climate change adaptation, food and energy security, environmental sustainability and the promotion of peace and stability. This comprehensive handbook explores the pivotal place of law and policy in efforts to ensure that water enables positive responses to these challenges and provides a basis for sound governance.

The book reveals that significant progress has been made in recent decades to strengthen the governance of water resource management at different scales, including helping to address international and sub-national conflicts over transboundary water resources. It demonstrates that ‘effective’ laws and policies are fundamental drivers for the safe, equitable and sustainable utilization of water. However, it is also shown that what might constitute an effective law or policy related to water resources management is still hotly debated. As such, the handbook provides an important and definitive reference text for all studying water governance and management.

Table of Contents


Andrew Allan, Sarah Hendry and Alistair Rieu-Clarke

Part 1: Comparative National Water Law and Policy

1. Customary Water Rights and Legal Pluralism

Barbara van Koppen

2. A Comparative Analysis of the Public Trust Doctrine for Managing Water in the United States and India

Melissa Scanlan

3. Water Rights and Permitting: A South African Approach

Michael Kidd

4. The EU Approach for Integrated Water Resource Management: Transposing the EU Water Framework Directive within a National Context – Key Insights from Experience

Marleen van Rijswick and Andrea Keessen

5. Water Markets

Michael Hantke-Domas

6. Water Pollution and Water Quality: Shifting Regulatory Paradigms

William Howarth

7. Contaminants of Emerging Concern

Sarah Hendry

8. The Human Right to Water

Inga T. Winkler

9. Governance and Regulation of Water and Sanitation Services Provision

Richard Franceys and Paul Hutchings

10. Legal Aspects of Flood Management

Andrew Allan

11. Water Allocation and Management During Drought

Dan Tarlock

12. Stakeholder Engagement for Inclusive Water Governance

Aziza Akhmouch and Delphine Clavreul

13. Monitoring and Enforcement: The United States Clean Water Act Model

LeRoy Paddock and Laura Mulherin

Part 2: Transboundary Water Law and Policy

14. The Treaty Architecture for the Governance of Transboundary Aquifers, Lakes and Rivers

Alistair Rieu-Clarke

15. The Evolution of International Law Relating to Transboundary Waters

Stephen C. McCaffrey

16. International Law and Transboundary Aquifers

Gabriel E. Eckstein

17. Substantive Rules of International Water Law

Owen McIntyre

18. The Significance of the Duty to Cooperate for Transboundary Water Resources Management under International Water Law

Christina Leb

19. Joint Institutional Arrangements for Governing Shared Water Resources: A Comparative Analysis of State Practice

Susanne Schmeier

20. Strengthening the Implementation of Transboundary Water Agreements: Insights from the UNECE Water Convention Implementation Committee

Nataliya Nikiforova

21. The Role of Non-state Actors in the Development and Implementation of International Water Law

Komlan Sangbana

22. Hydro-hegemons and International Water Law

Rebecca L. Farnum, Stephanie Hawkins, and Mia Tamarin

Part 3: Cross-cutting Issues

23. Water Resources and International Investment Law

Ana Maria Daza Vargas

24. Water Justice: Understanding the Philosophical Underpinning of Decision-making in the Context of International Water Governance

Marian J. Neal (Patrick) and Peter S. Wenz

25. Adaptive Water Governance: A Theoretical Approach Reflected in the Mauri and Desaguadero River Basin Adaptation Plan

Juan Carlos Sánchez Ramírez, Paula Pacheco Mollinedo and Natalia Aguilar Porras

26. A Brief History of Global Water Governance

Joshua Newton

27. The Sustainable Development Goals in relation to Water Management: What Role for Legal Frameworks?

Anna Schulz

28. Water Security as an Evolving Paradigm: Local, National, Regional and Global Considerations

Bjørn-Oliver Magsig


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Alistair Rieu-Clarke is Chair in Law at the Law School, University of Northumbria, UK.  

Andrew Allan is Senior Lecturer in National Water Law at the Centre for Water Law, Policy & Science, University of Dundee, UK. 

Sarah Hendry is Senior Lecturer in Water Law at the Centre for Water Law, Policy & Science, University of Dundee, UK.