Governance of global water resources presents one of the most confounding challenges in contemporary natural resource governance. With considerable government, citizen and financial donor attention devoted to a range of international, transnational and domestic laws and policies aimed at protecting, managing and sustainably using fresh and coastal marine water resources, this book proposes that sustainable water outcomes require a ‘trans-jurisdictional’ approach to water governance.

Focusing on the concept of trans-jurisdictional water governance the book diagnoses barriers and identifies pathways to coherent and coordinated institutional arrangements between and across different bodies of laws at local, national, regional and international levels. It includes case studies from the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States and Southeast Asia. Leading specialists offer insights into the pretence and the promise of trans-jurisdictional water governance and provide readers, including students, practitioners, policy-makers and academics, with a basis for better analysing, articulating and synthesising standards of good trans-jurisdictional water governance both in theory and in practice.

part |18 pages


chapter |16 pages

The challenge of trans-jurisdictional water law and governance

ByJanice Gray, Cameron Holley, Rosemary Rayfuse

part |80 pages

Trans-jurisdictional water law governance

chapter |22 pages

Trans-jurisdictional water governance

Law's role at multiple levels
ByLee Godden

chapter |19 pages

Trans-boundary waters governance through the prism of the Mekong River Basin

ByRichard Kyle Paisley, Patrick Weiler, Taylor Henshaw

chapter |17 pages

Trans-jurisdictional water governance in the European Union

ByMarleen van Rijswick

chapter |20 pages

Critical linkages

Trans-jurisdictional approaches to advancing Indigenous marine governance
ByLauren Butterly, Erika Techera

part |93 pages

Trans-jurisdictional water law and governance

chapter |19 pages

Intra-national rivalries

A submerged aspect of trans-boundary water governance
ByPaul Martin, Amanda Kennedy

chapter |18 pages


Overcoming fragmentation in United States water governance
ByBarton H. Thompson

chapter |19 pages

Beyond the traditional governance of trans-jurisdictional groundwater

Unconventional approaches to cross-boundary aquifer management in the United States
ByRebecca Nelson, Meg Casey

chapter |18 pages

Muddied water

(Un)cooperative governance and water management in South Africa
ByMichael Kidd

chapter |17 pages

The flow of laws

The trans-jurisdictional laws of the longest river in Aotearoa New Zealand
ByJacinta Ruru

part |108 pages

Emerging challenges in trans-jurisdictional water law and governance

chapter |19 pages

Diffuse source pollution and water quality law for the Great Barrier Reef

Why the reticence to regulate?
ByMarie Waschka, Alex Gardner

chapter |26 pages

Trans-jurisdictional water law and governance in the context of unconventional gas mining

The Australian experience
ByJanice Gray

chapter |20 pages

Protecting coastal wetlands in a changing climate

Reinvigorating integrated coastal zone governance
ByJan McDonald, Anita Foerster

chapter |22 pages

Contests over ‘wild' rivers in Queensland

Implications for trans-jurisdictional water governance
ByPoh Ling Tan

part |15 pages


chapter |13 pages

The future of trans-jurisdictional water law and governance

ByJanice Gray, Cameron Holley, Rosemary Rayfuse