The Evolution of the Law and Politics of Water

  • Joseph W. Dellapenna
  • Joyeeta Gupta

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Joseph W. Dellapenna, Joyeeta Gupta
      Pages 3-19
    2. Itzchak E. Kornfeld
      Pages 21-36
    3. Thomas Naff
      Pages 37-52
    4. Richard Laster, Rabbi David Aronovsky, Dan Livney
      Pages 53-66
  3. Evolving National Law and Politics

    1. Paulo José Leite Farias
      Pages 69-86
    2. Michael Kidd
      Pages 87-104
    3. David Nilsson, Ezekiel Nyangeri Nyanchaga
      Pages 105-120
    4. Richard Laster, Dan Livney
      Pages 121-137
    5. Philippe Cullet, Joyeeta Gupta
      Pages 157-173
    6. Jennifer McKay, Simon Marsden
      Pages 175-188
    7. Joseph W. Dellapenna
      Pages 189-204
  4. Evolving Supranational and Regional Water Law and Politics

    1. Paulo Canelas de Castro
      Pages 227-244
    2. Robbie Sabel
      Pages 263-280
    3. Noah D. Hall
      Pages 281-297
    4. Griselda D. Capaldo
      Pages 299-315
  5. Current Trends in International Water Law

    1. Lilian del Castillo-Laborde
      Pages 319-335
    2. Maria Manuela Farrajota
      Pages 337-352
    3. Jona Razzaque
      Pages 353-371
    4. Joseph W. Dellapenna
      Pages 373-388
  6. Conclusions

    1. Joyeeta Gupta, Joseph W. Dellapenna
      Pages 391-410
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 411-413

About this book


The Evolution of the Law and Politics of Water presents an overview of global trends in water law and policy and assesses current global water governance. It provides an historic understanding of how and why after 5,000 years of water governance, that governance still has not reached stability. It identifies the key research questions for water law and policy while providing an overview of the current global water governance regime, its evolving characteristics, and the legal theories involved in these changes. It focuses on water law and discusses the characteristics of national, supranational, and international water law through a combination of case studies and thematic chapters.

The Evolution of the Law and Politics of Water is the first volume to take a global perspective on the evolution of water law and policy. It describes global patterns and sets forth the particulars of eight national legal systems drawn from every continent and five regional or supranational systems, as well as the body of customary international law as a whole. In particular, it is the first book to explore the interrelation between culture, religion, government and law in water governance and management. The volume is, therefore, a must-read for anyone interested in how water governance has changed through time and in different places as well as anyone interested in how water law has sought to channel water governance through time and in different places and what variables account for the relative success (or lack of success) of water law in performing this channelling function. It is suggestive of possible lines of water law reform and whether a particular reform is likely to be successful.


Governance Policy Politics international water cooperation law sustainability water governance water law water policy water politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph W. Dellapenna
    • 1
  • Joyeeta Gupta
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Villanova University School of LawVillanovaUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Environmental StudiesVrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water EducationDelftThe Netherlands

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