Exploring China's Transboundary Water Treaty Practice Through the Prism of the UN Watercourses Convention

Huiping Chen , Alistair Rieu-Clarke & Patricia Wouters (2013): Exploring China's transboundary water treaty practice through the prism of the UN Watercourses Convention, Water International, 38:2, 217-230

Posted: 11 Dec 2013

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Huiping Chen

Xiamen University - Law School

Alistair Rieu-Clarke

School of Law, Northumbria University

Patricia Wouters

University of Dundee - Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science; Xiamen Law School - China International Water Law (CIWL)

Date Written: April 9, 2013

Abstract

China shares 40 major transboundary watercourses with 16 countries. This paper surveys China’s transboundary water treaty practice and compares it to the core principles of the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention (UNWC). Despite a growing watercourse treaty practice stretching back some 60 years, China’s agreements in this field are relatively unsophisticated. The authors conclude that China’s transboundary water treaty practice would benefit from some of the guidelines set forth under the UNWC.

Keywords: international law; treaty practice; China; transboundary waters; UN

JEL Classification: [comma]

Suggested Citation

Chen, Huiping and Rieu-Clarke, Alistair and Wouters, Patricia, Exploring China's Transboundary Water Treaty Practice Through the Prism of the UN Watercourses Convention (April 9, 2013). Huiping Chen , Alistair Rieu-Clarke & Patricia Wouters (2013): Exploring China's transboundary water treaty practice through the prism of the UN Watercourses Convention, Water International, 38:2, 217-230. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2365301

Huiping Chen

Xiamen University - Law School ( email )

422 South Siming Road
Xiamen, Fujian 361005
China

Alistair Rieu-Clarke

School of Law, Northumbria University ( email )

City Campus East,
Building 1
Newcastle, Scotland NE18ST
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.northumbria.ac.uk

Patricia Wouters (Contact Author)

University of Dundee - Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science ( email )

Peters Building
University of Dundee
Dundee, Scotland DD1 4HN
United Kingdom

Xiamen Law School - China International Water Law (CIWL) ( email )

422 South Siming Road
Xiamen, Fujian 361005
China

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