Sharing Transboundary Resources

International Law and Optimal Resource Use


Why do states often fail to cooperate, using transboundary natural resources inefficiently and unsustainably? This book, first published in 2002, examines the contemporary international norms and policy recommendations that could provide incentives for states to cooperate. Its approach is multi-disciplinary, proposing transnational institutions for the management of transboundary resources. Benvenisti takes a fresh approach to the problem, considering mismanagement as the link between domestic and international processes. As well, he explores reasons why some collective efforts to develop the international law on transnational ecosystems have failed, while others succeeded. This inquiry suggests that adjudicators need to be assertive in progressively developing the law, while relying on scientific knowledge more than on past practice. Global water policy issues seem set to remain a cause for concern for the foreseeable future; this study provides a new approach to the problem of freshwater, and will interest international environmentalists and lawyers, and international relations scholars and practitioners.
  • Cambridge University Press; April 2002
  • ISBN 9780511036224
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  • Title: Sharing Transboundary Resources
  • Author: Eyal Benvenisti
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

'This highly readable, intelligent, insightful, and deeply informative book will leave its mark on subsequent scholarship in the field … Benvenisti has made important pathbreaking contributions with this book.' Connecticut Journal of International Law