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Reinterpretation of Customary Water Right in the Korean Civil LawYoon, Tae-youngThere are some problems in the water law systems in Korea. First of all, it does not have any principles of the right of water allocation, so sometimes it was difficult to solve many conflicts connected with water right clearly. It has been stated that these problems are caused by the conflict between the Korean River Act and the Civil Law.It is stipulated on the Korean Civil Law that people lives on a riverbank acquire the right to use water freely without permission. This article is based on the custom of agricultural society of that time when was enacted the Civil Code in 1958. However, nowadays this is not sufficient to address the issues of utility of the water and it is hard to meet the society's demand. This study attempts to harmonize customary water right in the Civil Law according to the Korean River Act. In particular, this paper emphasizes that, in contrary to customary system, farmers are not the river's administrators. It concludes that water right should be discussed separate from real estate.