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The Role of Customary Law in Sustainable Development : Cambridge Studies in Law and Society (Paperback) - Peter Orebech

The Role of Customary Law in Sustainable Development

Cambridge Studies in Law and Society (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 25th November 2010
ISBN: 9780521173421
Number Of Pages: 524

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For many nations, a key challenge is how to achieve sustainable development without a return to centralized planning. Using case studies from Greenland, Hawaii and northern Norway, this 2006 book examines whether 'bottom-up' systems such as customary law can play a critical role in achieving viable systems for managing natural resources. Customary law consists of underlying social norms that may become the acknowledged law of the land. The key to determining whether a custom constitutes customary law is whether the public acts as if the observance of the custom is legally obligated. While the use of customary law does not always produce sustainability, the study of customary methods of resource management can produce valuable insights into methods of managing resources in a sustainable way.

Review of the hardback: 'The book is an insightful introduction to the topic, which will be of interest to academics and students in areas such as law, environmental studies, sociology and anthropology, as well as to development planners at the local, national and international level ... it fills a gap in the current literature regarding the difficult link between customary law and sustainable development which is all too often taken for granted.' Environmental Conservation

The linkage between sustainable development and customary law
Three case studies from Hawaii, Norway and Greenland
Social interaction: the foundation of customary law
How custom becomes law in England
How custom becomes law in Norway
Adaptive resource management through customary law
The place of customary law in democratic societies
Customary law, sustainable development and the failing state
Towards sustainability: the basis in international law
The case studies revisited
The choice of customary law
Conclusion: customary law in a globalizing culture
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ISBN: 9780521173421
ISBN-10: 0521173426
Series: Cambridge Studies in Law and Society (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 524
Published: 25th November 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.76