New publication: Fresh Water in International Law, by Laurence Boisson de Chazournes

Fresh Water in International Law, by Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, published by Oxford University Press in September 2013, provides a comprehensive analysis of the legal regime governing the status of fresh water in international law. 

It explores the links between the legal norms directly concerning the use, management and protection of water resources and general international law. It further investigates the origin and scope of these norms as they apply to fresh water, and demonstrates how they connect and adapt to one another, forming an integrated body of international principles. This approach is accompanied by a detailed analysis of the practice of states and of international organizations, taking into account the activities of the many non-state actors involved in the treatment of fresh water.

Inter alia, this book is meant to provide academics, policy makers and practitioners with a detailed knowledge of how regimes such as boundary delimitation, human rights and investment law are linked through the uses, management and protection of water resources. 

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