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The Regulation of the Global Water Services Market
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Drinking water and wastewater services must be provided to many sectors of a nation's economy, including its industrial, commercial, and residential sectors. This forms the scope of the water industry's activities and it explains why the privatization of water sanitation and water services has become a huge market and a much-debated issue in a number of jurisdictions. Historically the water industry has been run as a public service which is owned by the local or national government; however, recent trends suggest that the role of the private sector is increasing. The growing economic interests concerning water and wastewater services are generating a tension with the recent recognition of the human right to water and sanitation. This tension between human right and economic rules is the focus of this book, which reviews all the international rules that form the regulation of global water services.


'The main scientific value of this book rests on two factors. On the one hand is the analysis of the problems arising in every stage of the water cycle connecting domestic and non-domestic dimensions. On the other hand are legal solutions to issues and challenges without losing sight of the role of water in the securitization discourse. The book also offers new insights for future research in different academic fields. The Regulation of the Global Water Services Market is a book of utmost scientific value, primarily because of its comprehensive accuracy and the quality of legal discussions presented. Legal petitioners, political decision-makers, members of international organizations dealing with water-related issues, international entrepreneurs, academics and students looking to learn more about the complexity of water regulatory regimes are among those who will greatly benefit from this book.'

Francisco Jose Leandro Source: Foreign Trade Review

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