Property in Water?

Cristy Clark, Erin O'Donnell

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This chapter explores the regulatory and relational implications of classifying water as property. It explores the co-constitutive nature of the way we classify water and the way that we use property to regulate our relationship with it. The intersection between these two issues confronts us with the challenge of how best to understand and recognise the social, cultural, environmental, spiritual and economic values of water, and how to protect, promote and balance these values through different forms of property in water. The chapter will introduce the reader to these questions and provide an overview of key debates that exist in the literature, including long-standing debates around the appropriate balance between equity and efficiency, and the role of markets, commodification and privatisation, in addition to emerging debates around the legal personhood of rivers and the protection of Indigenous water values.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Property, Law and Society
EditorsNicole Graham, Margaret Davies, Lee Godden
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781003139614
ISBN (Print)9780367688813
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2022

Publication series

NameThe Routledge Handbook of Property, Law and Society
Publisher Routledge


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