The Role of Customary Law in Sustainable Development

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-11-25
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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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 book examines whether 'bottom-up' systems such as customary law can play a critical role in achieving viable systems for managing natural resources. While the use of customary law does not always produce sustainability, the study of customary methods of resource management can give valuable insights into methods of managing resources in a sustainable way.

Table of Contents

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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