Water governance in motion: Towards socially and environmentally sustainable water laws

The why and how of water governance. Looking at water from political boundaries, defining their existence and usages.


Water Governance in Motion

Water Governance in Motion: Towards Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Water Laws focuses on the work undertaken by International Environmental Law Research Centre IELRC on water law reforms in India. It seeks to provide a broader understanding of the conceptual framework informing existing water law and ongoing reforms.

The book is divided into two parts. The first part critically analyses the context of international law for water reforms and the second part discusses the multifaceted aspects of water sector reforms in India. It assembles in one volume the contributions made by a broad range of scholars working on various law and policy issues arising in the context of water sector reforms in India. The contributions have been specifically selected in order to address the wide range of issues including water distribution to households, irrigation, industrial use and wastewater treatment. These questions are dealt with from a range of perspectives including human rights, environment, agriculture, development and trade.

The book would be of interest to academia, researchers, NGOs and policy-makers.


Contributor Biographies

  • Water Law, Policy and Institutional Reforms in India
    • Water and Questions of Law: An Overview
    • Water law–Evolving Regulatory Framework
    • Discourses in Water and Water Reform in Western India
    • The Slow Road to the Private–A Case Study of Neoliberal Water Reforms in Chennai
  • Ongoing Irrigation and Ground Water Reforms in India
    • Canal Irrigation, Water User Associations and Law in India–Emerging Trends in Rights Based Perspective
    • Customary Rights and their Relevance in Modern Tank Management: Select Cases in Tamil Nadu
    • Ground Water–Legal Aspects of the Plachimada Dispute
  • Perspectives on Privatisation
    • Tirupur Water Supply and Sanitation Project–A Revolution in Water Resource Management?
    • The World Bank’s Influence on Water Privatisation in Argentina: The Experience of the city of Buenos Aires
    • Linkages between Access to Water and Water Scarcity with International Investment Law and the WTO Regime
    • More Drops for Hyderabad City, Less Crops for Farmers: Water Institutions and Reallocation in Andhra Pradesh
  • Environment and Human Rights
    • Balancing Development and Environmental Conservation and Protection of the Water Resource Base: The ‘Greening’ of Water Laws
    • The Right to Water as a Human Right or a Bird’s Right–Does Co-Operative Governance Offer a Way Out of a Conflict of Interests and Legal Complexity?
    • South Africa’s Water Law and Policy Framework: Implications for the Right to Water
    • Respect, Protect, Fulfill: The Implementation of the Human Right to Water in South Africa
  • Comparative Perspectives on Reforms
    • Learning from Water Law Reforms in Australia
    • Law and ‘Development’ Discourses about Water: Understanding Agency in Regime Changes
    • Marginal Remarks Regarding Water Policy Regimes Governance, Rights, Justice and Development: An Epilogue

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