Norms, mobilization and conflict: the Merowe Dam as a case study

Ali, Nada, Willis, Reilly, El Moghraby, Asim and Hashim, Mohammaed Jalal (2019) Norms, mobilization and conflict: the Merowe Dam as a case study. Transnational Environmental Law, 8 (2). pp. 217-245. ISSN 2047-1025

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This article investigates dynamics of mobilization over environmental and human rights norms in the context of undemocratic governments.We test the suggestion in norm diffusion theories that the success of domestic struggles in this context depends on the level of internalization of norms brought about by international pressure. We find that the internalization (or lack thereof) of global norms by the Government of Sudan does not explain its recognition of environmental justice claims in this case. Furthermore, the various litigation efforts pursued by affected people outside Sudan did not influence their campaign. However, a combination of the political climate in the country and a unique political interplay between the government and a distinct group of the affected people may have led to the singular success of their campaign. We use a combination of discourse analysis, legal analysis, norm mapping, and semi-structured interviews to reach conclusions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: spiral model, norm-diffusion, mobilization, environmental litigation, resettlement, internal displacement, law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: Reilly Willis
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2020 16:12
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2020 16:12

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