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Description - Fresh Water and International Economic Law by Edith Brown Weiss

Fresh water resources are at the same time ecological, economic, social, and cultural goods and must be managed accordingly. However, efforts to manage these resources are complicated by tensions arising from possible clashes between the policies favouring privatization, trade and investment liberalization, and domestic and international regimes governing water resources, environmental protection and human rights. International rules on trade and investment may affect efforts by governments to manage and protect their fresh water resources and to regulate services for delivery of fresh water. This book addresses the key interdisciplinary issues that increasingly confront policy makers, tribunals, arbitration bodies and other institutions. It focuses primarily on law, but also includes perspectives from economics, political science and other disciplines. It examines such questions as are governments free to decide whether or not to export water resources? Can foreign investors sue host states for adopting measures to control water pollution? Can international trade rules be used to reduce or eliminate water related subsidies? Do rules on the liberalization of water services affect domestic and international human rights obligations relating to water supply? More generally, how do the procedural rights of states, individuals, affected communities and investors affect decisions regarding the right to drinking water, the rights of investors to exploit water resources, and the rights of governments to protect their lakes, rivers and groundwater?

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199274673
ISBN-10: 0199274673
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 164mm x 33mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 18-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Edith Brown Weiss

Edith Brown Weiss is Francis Cabell Brown Professor of International Law at Georgetown University, Washington DC. Laurence Boisson de Chazournes is Head of the Department of Public International Law and International Organisation in the Faculty of Law at the University of Geneva. Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder is a Managing Attorney at the Geneva Office of the Centre for International Environmental Law.

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