The Contribution of International Fisheries Law to Human Development: An Analysis of Multilateral and ACP-EU Fisheries Instruments examines whether and how legal fisheries instruments encompass a normative consensus on human development. Focusing on both multilateral (treaties and soft-law) as well as the ACP-EU bilateral fisheries instruments, Nienke van der Burgt provides a detailed analysis as to whether these different types of legal instruments reflect the principles of equity, poverty eradication and participation, which have been identified as key indicators of human development. Moreover, specific attention is paid to whether explicit reference is made to the small-scale fisheries sector and to the role of women. Concluding that despite increasing evidence of the potential and significant contribution of fisheries towards human development, legal fisheries instruments seem to be struggling with the incorporation of a human development–centred approach, The Contribution of International Fisheries Law to Human Development is essential reading for all those involved in the fields of international environmental law and sustainable human development.
Nienke van der Burgt, Ph.D. (2010), VU University Amsterdam currently works as legal consultant in the field of European and international environmental law.
"Dr Neinke Van der Burgt writes a fascinating and timely analysis of international fisheries instruments that goes beyond interpretations of sustainability and commerce, and analyses the influence of these instruments on human development."
-Quentin Hanich, University of Wollongong
All interested in the human development aspects of sustainable development as well as the role of equity, poverty-eradication and participation in European and international fisheries law.