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Title: Science hubris and insufficient legal safeguards
Contributor(s): Martin, Paul  (author)orcid ; Williams, Jacqueline  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: In the pursuit of efficient natural resource governance, market instruments offer many benefits, so too science-informed regulation. However, there are unrecognised fundamental risks with power invested in property owners or technical experts to determine how best natural resources are to be governed. In this article the authors discuss some recent developments in science and property based resource governance in water management in Australia as an illustration of more pervasive developments around the world. The authors suggest that while it is important to take advantage of innovations that can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of natural resource governance, it is no less important to create mechanisms to guard against the hubris that can be tacitly embedded. Such hubris has implications for the human rights of users and stewards of the environment, particularly Indigenous and rural communities, whose economic and educational disadvantages can be compounded by institutionalisation of particular forms of privilege.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Grant Details: ARC/LP110100659
Source of Publication: Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 31(4), p. 311-326
Publisher: Lawbook Co
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 0813-300X
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 480202 Climate change law
480203 Environmental law
480204 Mining, energy and natural resources law
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 230499 Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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