Reviews of books published by Dr Salman M.A. Salman


 The World Bank Policy for Projects on International Waterways – An Historical and Legal Analysis    (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Legal Aspects of Sustainable Development Series
The Hague, 2009; Law, Justice, and Development Series The World Bank, (2009)


An Historical and Legal Analysis, a review by Kenneth Mwenda, 13 Water Policy 588 (2011), Kenneth K. Mwenda, The World Bank, Washington DC, USA and Faculty of Law of the University of  Pretoria, South Africa and American University Washington College of Law

“The book, The World Bank Policy for Projects on International Waterways: An Historical and Legal Analysis, written by Dr Salman M. A. Salman, a Lead Counsel at the World Bank1, is a timely publication on the historical, legal and policy aspects of the riparian rights of states under World Bank-funded or supported projects affecting international waterways…”Download full review

An Historical and Legal Analysis, a review by Kishor Uprety, 26 International Journal of Water Resources Development, 701 (2010), Kishor Uprety, The World Bank, Washington, DC, USA

“Authored by Dr Salman M. A. Salman, a prominent water law expert, this book seeks to facilitate the understanding of the bank’s policy applicable to the development projects it finances on international waterways (rivers, lakes, groundwater shared by more than one country), and to clarify its role and efforts in promoting cooperative arrangements amongst countries for the efficient utilization and management of such waterways…” Download full review

A review by Nina Eejima, titled “Going with the Flow or Swimming against the Current” Law and Development newsletter, the World Bank, March 2011

“According to Mr. Salman, about 15 percent of the Bank’s annual lending program is for water supply, irrigation, waste treatment, and hydropower projects that affect shared watercourses. He examines how this policy has evolved into a comprehensive instrument with a global reach and application. The reader is provided with a detailed overview of the types of waterways and the projects to which the policy applies. Mr. Salman provides a thoughtful and thorough explanation of the riparian notification requirements which deviate…” Read full review

International Watercourses – Enhancing Cooperation and Managing Conflict with Laurence Boisson de Chazournes (co-editors and contributors)
World Bank Technical Paper No. 414 (1998)


Environmentalist, March 2001, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 77-80

“This publication presents the Proceedings of the World Bank Seminar held in November, 1997…” Read full review

Glenn E. Stout a & Hans Bandler B.E., M.Sc.
IWRA, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA, Engineering Consultant, Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia

“International Watercourses: Enhancing Cooperation and Managing Conflict by Salman M.A. Salman and Laurence Boisson de Chazourenes: This chapter summarizes the proceeding chapters, underscoring the fact that water is a scarce resource, with competing demands from a wide array of users. A number of treaties, international and regional, which have been initiated, are listed. The need for cooperation in management utilization and protection of international watercourses in various areas around the world is stressed…” Download full review


The Human Right to Water – Legal and Policy Dimensions, with Siobhan McInerney Lankford; Law, Justice, and Development Series
The World Bank, (2004)


Review by Knut Bourquain, Legal and Policy Dimensions, Law and Politics in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, Volume 40 (2007)(in German)

“Mit der vorliegenden Studie nehmen die Autoren Salman M.A. Salman und Siobhan McInerney-Lankford – beide Justitaire bei der Weltbank- die menshenrechtliche Dimension des Managements von Wasserressourcen in den Blick.…” Download full review

Review by Sustainable Development Law & Policy V5 Issue 1 2005

“Overall, Mr. Salman and Ms. McInerney-Lankford introduce a well-written introduction to recognizing a human right to water. It provides an excellent starting point for future insights into aspects of law and justice surrounding water and advancing the status of the human right to water…” Download full review

Review by Galit A. Sarfaty, 30 Yale Journal of International Law, 338 (2005)

“In The Human Right to Water: Legal and Policy Dimensions, Salman Salman and Siobhan McInerney-Lankford make a powerful case for the existence of a human right to water within the legal framework of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)…” Download full review

Review by Gotz Reichert, Heidelberg Journal of International Law (2005)(in German)

“Die Autoren Salman M.A.Salman und Siobhan McIdf-Lankford, die beide Mitarbeiter der Rechtsabteilung der Weltbank sind, ersheinen nicht zuletzt aufgrund ihres jeweiligen fashlichen Hintergrundes…” Download full review

Review by The Pakistan Development Review, Volume 43, Spring 2004, page 104

“In Salman and Mclnerney-Lankford trace the evolution of the right to water back to the developments of the early 1970s through a number of international legal instruments. They pay particular attention to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (ICUDHR), Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), as well as to the Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)…” Download full review



Groundwater: Legal and Policy Perspective
World Bank Technical Paper No. 456 (1999)


Review by Jennifer McKay, IWRA, Water Policy and Law Group, School of International Business, University of South Australia

“Overall the book is an excellent contribution to the literature on water policy and law and if it has one theme it is that groundwater regulation should be stricter than surface water because of its nature. The book illustrates and posits reasons why this is not the case, and demonstrates
the intra and inter jurisdiction legal pluralism that leaves groundwater the poor cousin of surface water management…” Download full review


Conflict and Cooperation on South Asia’s International Rivers – A Legal Perspective, with Kishor Uprety; Kluwer Law International, International and National Water Law and Policy Series
The Hague, (2002)


Review by Joyeeta Gupta, Review of European Community & International Environmental Law, Volume 13, Issue 2 (2004)

“This book is one of the new wave of books on international water law that is emerging on the market following the recent World Water Forums. It focuses essentially on the international rivers of the south Asian subcontinent, namely the Indus River within the context of Indo-Pakistan relations…This book is particularly interesting because it covers the historical negotiations on the international rivers in one of the most densely populated parts of the world, covering 20% of the world’s population and…” Download full review

Review by Pravakar Adhikari, Spotlight, Nepal, June 27, 2003, page 30.

“The resulting competition for the scarce water gives rise to Complex international problems as countries sharing the waters of international drainage basins seek to satisfy their pressing needs. These problems are well illustrated in a new book by Salman MA. Salman and Kishor Uprety titled Conflict and Cooperation on South Asia’s international Rivers. A Legal Perspectiva…” Download full review

Review by Ch. Benarji, The Indian Society of International Law – New Delhi Volume 43 No2 (2003)

“The book under review is the study of the development of international water laws and an attempt to outline its important current concepts and principles. Authors [Salman M.A. Salman, Kishor Uprety] focuses on the hydro-politics of four countries of the South Asian sub-continent, namely: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan. The study concentrates on the treaty regimes…” Download full review

Review by Patricia Birnie, A Legal Perspective, 13 Yearbook of International Environmental Law 855 (2002)

“Salman and Uprety preface their final conclusions by urging that it be noted at the outset that the worldwide trend in recent years has been one of managing conflict and enhancing cooperation, as evidenced by the spate of relevant treaties in the 1990s, which built the momentum for UNCED alongside those treaties concluded in south Asia…” Download full review


Regulatory Frameworks for Water Resources Management – A Comparative Study, with Daniel Bradlow; Law, Justice, and Development Series
The World Bank, (2006)


Review by The Water Sector Board Practitioner Notes (P-Notes), published by the Water Sector Board of the Sustainable Development Network of the World Bank Group, (2008)

“Water resources globally are facing tremendous and ever-increasing pressures, including population growth, environmental degradation, urban and industrial development, climate change, and the growing disputes between the competing demands of users. The multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary nature of water is reflected…” Download full review


Institutional Reform for Irrigation and Drainage – Proceedings of a World Bank Workshop, with Fernando Gonzalez
The World Bank, (2002)


Review published by the World Bank- World Bank Technical Paper No. 524 (2002)

“Legal instruments are further analyzed, to establish adequately functioning WUAs, including institutional issues for the potential privatization of irrigation management facilities. Also discussed is the legal pluralism, and its effect on water rights, highlighting interactions between multiple legal orders, and the fact that all such orders can provide bases for claiming property rights, suggesting the recognition of multiple bases for claims, regarding property rights as negotiated outcomes…” Download full review


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