‘Water rights VI: A human right to water’

“Alongside interest in public rights that trump the regular water rights of property law, there is much interest in private, human rights that do so. Many systems of water law have long recognized some right to basic water uses superior to other water rights. Islamic law’s ‘right of thirst’, the right to take water to quench one’s thirst or to water one’s animals, applies even to privately owned waters under most schools of Islamic jurisprudence (Caponera, 1954). Under the system of riparian rights, domestic or ‘natural’ uses have preference over other uses (Beck, 2000), and domestic uses also have priority over other uses in most jurisdictions applying the doctrine of prior appropriation (Trelease, 1955). China’s water law, too, exempts household and other small quantity uses (Wouters et al, 2004) …” (more)

[David Schorr, Environment, Law, and History, 27 December]

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