Sovereignty Over Natural Resources: Balancing Rights and Duties

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 3, 2008 - Law - 452 pages
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In modern international law, permanent sovereignty over natural resources has come to entail duties as well as rights. This study analyses the evolution of permanent sovereignty from a political claim to a principle of international law, and examines its significance for a number of controversial issues such as people's rights, nationalization and environmental conservation. Although political discussion has long focused on the rights arising from permanent sovereignty, Dr Schrijver argues that this has been at the expense of the consideration of the corollary obligations it also entails. His book thus identifies directions sovereignty over natural resources has taken in an increasingly interdependent world and demonstrates its relevance to debate on foreign-investment regulation, the environment and sustainable development.

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Nico Schrijver is Chair of Public International Law and Academic Director at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University.

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