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Cooperation in the Law of Transboundary Water Resources

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  • Date Published: September 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107035973

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  • Climate change, population growth and the increasing demand for water are all capable of leading to disputes over transboundary water systems. Dealing with these challenges will require the enhancing of adaptive capacity, the improving of the quality of water-resources management and a reduction in the risk of conflict between riparian states. Such changes can only be brought about through significant international cooperation. Christina Leb's analysis of the duty to cooperate and the related rights and obligations highlights the interlinkages between this duty and the principles of equitable and reasonable utilisation and the prevention of transboundary harm. In doing so, she considers the law applicable to both international watercourses and transboundary aquifers, and explores the complementarities and interaction between the rules of international water law and the related obligations of climate change and human rights law.

    • Challenges the traditional conceptualisation of 'transboundary water resources' in international water law and extends the legal analysis to global hydrologic interdependence
    • Analyses the existence of international cooperation obligations in human rights law, as well as the interactions between this area of law and international water law
    • Analyses complementarities and interactions between different areas of international law, thereby illustrating the interconnectedness of the different areas and underlining the importance of systemic analysis
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    • Winner of the 2014 Professor Walther Hug Preis

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    'Readers will find the final section of Leb’s study, addressed to the emerging challenges for transboundary water management, a valuable reflection on the way transboundary water law is increasingly influenced by the evolution of international human rights law and global hydrological threats associated with climate change.' Steve Mumme, The Journal of Water Law

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107035973
    • length: 366 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Acknowledging Interdependence:
    1. Cooperation between sovereign states
    2. Development of international water law
    Part II. A General Duty to Cooperate: What Does it Mean?:
    3. The duty to cooperate and concurrence of principles
    4. Informing cooperation
    5. Adoption of joint measures
    Part III. Dealing with Evolving Challenges:
    6. International protection of vital human water needs
    7. Emerging international cooperation on global water challenges
    8. Conclusion
    Annex: consideration of cooperation in international treaties.

  • Author

    Christina Leb, Université de Genève
    Christina Leb is an associate member of the Platform for International Water Law at the University of Geneva and a consultant for the World Bank focusing on transboundary water resources management and cooperation.


    • Winner of the 2014 Professor Walther Hug Preis

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