Water rights in China
: an international and comparative study

  • Desheng Hu

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    China, the world's most populous country, has been experiencing a severe water crisis. This has manifested itself through water shortages, water pollution and natural water disasters, and has been exacerbated by the rapid social and economic development that has taken place in the last two decades. To deal with these problems, an integrated water resources management programme, within which an effective and enforceable water rights system can play a key role, should emerge as soon as possible under the principle of sustainable development. However, there are many problems under the water rights system in the current Chinese water law, involving the property right of water resources, the human right to water, and the environmental right to water. ... this dissertation recommends a well structured water rights system under which the economic, social and environmental values of water resources co-exist equitably in harmony.
    Date of Award2004
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorPatricia Wouters (Supervisor) & Colin Reid (Supervisor)


    • Water rights
    • China
    • Water law
    • Water resource management
    • Sustainable development

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