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

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Patricia Wouters

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

Sergei Vinogradov

University of Dundee - Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy (CEPMLP)

Bjørn-Oliver Magsig

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Wouters, Patricia and Vinogradov, Sergei and Magsig, Bjørn-Oliver, Water Security, Hydrosolidarity, and International Law: A River Runs Through It … (2009). 2009 Yearbook of International Environmental Law, 97-134 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2365328

Patricia Wouters (Contact Author)

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

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Sergei Vinogradov

University of Dundee - Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy (CEPMLP) ( email )

Dundee
United Kingdom

Bjørn-Oliver Magsig

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research ( email )

Department of Environmental and Planning Law
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Leipzig, Saxony 04318
Germany
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