Property Rights in Water and Social Conflict: An Example from Iceland

Kristin Haradsdottir

Abstract

Social conflict in Iceland over property rights in natural resources has prompted a call for the introduction of a provision into the Constitution of Iceland declaring natural resources ‘the property of the nation’. The paper explores the social conflict concerning property rights in water and, based on recent proposals and recommendations for Constitutional amendments, the possible implications of such a Constitutional provision in light of existing water rights and how it accommodates the considerations raised.

Keywords

Icelandic law; water law; private versus public; property rights; Icelandic Constitution art 72;

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