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David Schorr
Tel Aviv University (Tel Aviv 93621 Israel)
The Transnational Development of Water Law in and around the British Empire, 1850-1950

This book project aims to illuminate the background of today's controversies over water, by examining the transplantation, modification, and rejection of water-law norms across legal cultures and regions, and particularly the central role of the British Empire in the process. Turning what has been a largely national story into a transnational and trans-regional one, it will examine how legal rules and principles were borrowed, modified, implemented, and at times rejected by those who shaped water law and policy. Water law will be studied as a multi-focal and multi-directional project, the product of competing interests, ideologies, and views flowing between the far-flung territories of the British Empire (as well as some outside it). The study aims to historicize current policy debates over water privatization and commodification, and complicate both conventional historical explanations of the development of water law and the property theory constructs that have developed around it.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 5/31/2014