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

Ali, Nada, Dempsy Willis, Reilly, El Moghraby, Asim and Jalal Hashim, Mohammaed (2019) Norms, mobilization and conflict: The Merowe Dam as a case study. Transnational Environmental Law, 8 (2). pp. 217-245. ISSN 2047-1033

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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 success of domestic struggles in this context depends on the level of internalization of norms brought forth 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 of 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, norms-mapping and semi-structured interviews to reach conclusions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: spiral model,norm-diffusion,mobilization,environmental litigation,resettlement,internal displacement,law ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3308
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > International Law
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2019 13:30
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2023 11:30
DOI: 10.1017/S2047102519000153


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