Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Fishing rights, human rights?

I recently co-authored a book chapter with Thomas Appleby of the University of the West of England (where I currently hold an Honorary Fellowship) and Jim Pettifer of Cooperative Futures. In it, we dicuss the often overlooked implications of the law when using property rights to manage the environment.

Property rights are a widely advocated policy tool to encourage stewardship over a range of environmental goods. Economists rarely consider, however, that property rights are enmeshed within a complex web of national and international legal frameworks - such as human rights law - that put strict limitations on the way they operate. This important issue is illustrated here with reference to the legal struggles in the UK around the 'ownership' of fishing rights.

This working paper was produced for an edited volume arising from the workshop Consequences of Rights Based Fisheries in the Arctic, hosted by the Institute of Arctic Studies, Dartmouth College, USA and the Stefansson Arctic Institute, Iceland, at Dartmouth College on September 21-29 2015.

We've made a pre-publication copy of the article available online. If you'd like to read it, you can find the full text for free on my Researchgate page.