An Eco-Socio-Legal Perspective on Property Rights in Natural Resources

Bettina Lange

Published online November 2017 | | DOI:

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This article sets out two key dimensions of an eco-socio-legal perspective for understanding property rights in natural resources: first, an analysis of how relationships between geographical place, law, and society shape the content and application of property rights in natural resources; second, an eco-socio-legal perspective foregrounds an analysis of how those who hold property rights to natural resources and third parties actually understand these rights, and thus how their meaning-making practices contribute to defining these rights. The first dimension of this eco-socio-legal perspective is fleshed out through a critical review of existing academic literature in the main Section 2 of this article. The second dimension is illustrated through a qualitative empirical case study of English farmers’ understanding of their economic rights to water in Section 3 of this article.

Keywords: law; society; property; natural resources; right to water; farmers

Article.  10737 words. 

Subjects: Property Law ; Environment and Energy Law

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