A jurisprudential model for sustainable water resources governance

Fisher, Douglas E. (2012) A jurisprudential model for sustainable water resources governance. The Journal of Water Law, 23(4), pp. 143-155.

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The legal arrangements for the management of water resources are currently a complex matrix of rules of various kinds. These rules perform a diverse range of functions. Some are part of what may be described as the macro-legal system for the governance of water resources. This includes paralegal rules in the form of statements of value, objective, outcome or principles . Others are part of the micro-legal system for the governance of water resources. This includes traditional legal rules in the form of statements of standards in relation to individual conduct, behaviour or decision making. These legal arrangements may be international, regional, national or local. Accordingly some apply to nation states within the international community. Others apply to the regulatory agencies making decisions about water resources within nation states. Ultimately most of these legal arrangements apply to those who use and develop water resources for particular purposes and in particular locations. In accordance with this framework, rules explain how water resources should be used in particular circumstances and how decisions should be made to ensure the effective planning and regulation of water resources.

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ID Code: 71010
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Sustainable Water Resources Governance, sustainability, environmental law
ISSN: 1478-5277
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Environmental and Natural Resources Law (180111)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Lawtext Publishing Ltd.
Deposited On: 06 May 2014 00:05
Last Modified: 07 May 2014 08:40

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