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Water Law, Poverty, and Development

Water Law, Poverty, and Development

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Description
With the world's supply of fresh water looking increasingly threatened, water law has gained tremendous importance in the last few years. It has, however, received remarkably little academic attention. This book remedies this deficit by com¬prehensively examining water law regulations and reform in the present decade, both from a national and international perspective. It goes beyond a simple analysis of existing water law to encompass the environmental, social, economic, and human rights aspects of water as a natural resource.
It does so through a case study of water reform in India. India is perfectly placed for this analysis, as its water law is still relatively underdeveloped and it is in the process of extensive water reform. India is also a perfect microcosm for the broader world: it is both rapidly developing and poverty-ridden. Like many developing countries, it is struggling to adopt a legal framework for water law in the absence of a comprehensive international frame¬work. Water law reform is further complicated by the fact that reforms are often linked to World Bank or Asian Development Projects initiatives or loans, which may come with conditions attached.
This book argues that water is first and foremost essential for human life. It plays a vital role in poverty eradication and the realization of a sustainable process of development. The current conceptual framework that informs water law reforms, however, insufficiently addresses the human rights, social, and environmental dimensions of water.
This book seeks to elevate the level of debate on water law and proposes a series of alternative bases for reform based on human dignity, equity, and sustainability.
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Contents

1.    Context for Water Law and Water Sector Reforms
2.    Evolution of Water Law
3.    From Water Sector Reforms to Law ad Policy Reforms
4.    Evolving Water Law for the Twenty-First Century
5.    Regulation of Domestic and Livelihood Water
6.    Towards an Alternative Framework for Water Law Reforms
7.    Conclusion
Selected Bibliography and Notes
Index
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Author Details
Philippe Cullet
is a Reader in Laws at the School of Oriental and African Studies—University of London.
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