Water Security, Hydrosolidarity, and International Law: A River Runs Through It …
2009 Yearbook of International Environmental Law, 97-134
38 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2013
Date Written: 2009
While the notion of security, and water security in particular, may have different meanings and acquire various forms (that is, at the individual, local, national, regional, and global levels), the primary focus of this study is on its international dimension and, more specifically, at the regional or international basin level. This is where the water security challenges have manifested themselves most visibly and where the international legal response has been particularly pronounced. The central hypothesis of this article is that the evolving international legal frameworks that govern transboundary water resources provide an appropriate platform for addressing water security concerns. The notions of equity, reasonableness, fairness, and sustainability, which are enshrined in the key principles of international water law, properly reflect the core objectives of the fair and effective management of the world’s shared water resources and thus of the promotion of regional and global peace and security.
Keywords: international water law, water security, transboundary water law
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