Editorial – Critical Issues in Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law
7 Pages Posted: 15 May 2014
Date Written: May 09, 2014
Water is fundamental to the survival of any living beings. Be it freshwater or oceans, it consists of a source of food and energy, of communication routes, and of special habitats. Its sustainable use is one of the main challenges of present times, in particular considering the expansion of human activities and of the consequences of climate change. Clearly bearing these challenges in mind, the Utrecht University Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law (UCWOSL) has been created in order to investigate the role that law plays or can play in achieving the sustainable management of oceans, freshwater systems and deltas, on the basis of mutual responsibilities, and to pursue an equitable distribution of associated risks and natural resources. The Centre takes a multidimensional approach in its research and about thirty lawyers with different backgrounds (international, European, national, private, criminal, constitutional, administrative law as well as legal theory) work together with other disciplines such as environmental sciences, hydrology, biology, marine sciences, planning, sociology, philosophy, public administration and economics. The main focus is however the legal approach.
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