G33
Governance of natural resources under conditions of legal pluralism (IUAES Commission on Legal Pluralism)

Convenors:
Maarten Bavinck (University of Amsterdam)
Chair:
Maarten Bavinck
Location:
University Place 4.214
Start time:
6 August, 2013 at 9:00
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This panel is interested in improving governance of natural resources under conditions of legal pluralism. Opportunities for 'better governance' are contrasted with cases of 'derailed governance' and 'defective bridging'.

Long abstract:

Rural populations still depend strongly on natural resources in their immediate environments for their livelihoods (firewood, land, water, fodder, fish etc.). More and more claims are, however, being exerted on such resources from different sides and institutional levels (local to international). The actors involved refer to various legal systems and mechanisms, and frequently create new hybrid law. The socio-legal field is fragmented, murky, and full of pitfalls and obstacles. The poor suffer most from this condition. This panel is interested in improving governance of natural resources under conditions of legal pluralism. It investigates and compares the qualities of hybridity, and new structures and processes for bridging differences. These structures and processes are evaluated according to the multiple concerns of governance, that include environmental health, social justice, livelihoods and employment, and food security. Opportunities for 'better governance' are contrasted with cases of 'derailed governance' and 'defective bridging'. Papers provide a mix of theoretical, methodological, and empirical insights from different parts of the world.