The Role of Customary Law in Sustainable Development

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April 2008



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.


Preface; 1. The linkage between sustainable development and customary law; 2. Three case studies from Hawaii, Norway and Greenland; 3. Social interaction: the foundation of customary law; 4. How custom becomes law in England; 5. How custom becomes law in Norway; 6. Adaptive resource management through customary law; 7. The place of customary law in democratic societies; 8. Customary law, sustainable development and the failing state; 9. Towards sustainability: the basis in international law; 10. The case studies revisited; 11. The choice of customary law; 12. Conclusion: customary law in a globalizing culture.


Peter Orebech is Professor of Law at the University of Tromso, Norway. Fred Bosselman is Professor of Law Emeritus at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Jes Bjarup is Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Stockholm. David Callies is Professor of Law at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Martin Chanock is Professor of Law at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Hanne Petersen is Professor of Sociology of Law at the University of Copenhagen.


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
EAN: 9780521859257
ISBN: 0521859255
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Law and S'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2008
Seitenanzahl: 502 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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