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Title:Rivers, ecological health, and justice: international watercourses and long-term legal reform
Author(s):Tamanna, Romin
Director of Research:Freyfogle, Eric T.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Freyfogle, Eric T.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Davey, William J.; Wexler, Lesley; Bilz, Kenworthey
Department / Program:Law
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):International water law
International rivers
Social justice
South Asia
Dams and reservoirs
Equitable share
Reasonable water use
River health
Vulnerable states
Drainage basin
Environmental protection
International watercourses
Integrated management
Abstract:This dissertation deals with rivers that cross national boundaries and with the international law that applies to them. It takes a critical look at that law, drawing upon normative standards that value justice among all people, without regard for where they live along rivers or for the negotiating strength of their home States, and that also value the long-term ecological health of rivers as aquatic systems. The dissertation pays particular attention to the most vulnerable States of the world on watercourse-related issues; to States that are located downstream, that have relatively weak negotiating powers in comparison with their upstream neighbors, and that face critical development needs. Bangladesh is used as the paradigm example. The dissertation draws upon current law and recent legal experiences to formulate a new vision for the international law of watercourses, a vision that, if implemented, would recognize and protect rivers as complex ecological wholes while promoting social justice among all people dependent on such rivers. In doing so, it puts forth an ambitious vision for long-term cultural as well as legal reform. The vision is offered less as a proposal for current consideration than as a way of clarifying deficiencies in current law and gaining a better sense of the overall direction in which more modest law reforms should head.
Issue Date:2017-04-21
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Romin Tamanna
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-08-10
Date Deposited:2017-05

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