Remodeling Sovereignty: Overtures of a New Water Security Paradigm in the Nile Basin Legal Discourse
Sovereignty and the Development of International Water Law, Volume 8: A History of Water Series III, A.B Tauris, London/New York, 2015
25 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2016
Date Written: December 1, 2015
For decades now, the practice of states in transboundary river courses has grappled to embrace multiple legal concepts regulating various aspectsof riparian interactions; states have to select from a wide range of legalformulations advocating the absolute territorial sovereignty, the absolute territorial integrity, the right to reasonable and equitable uses, and the duty not to cause signiﬁcant harm. In varying forms, the conceptions endeavor to deﬁne or otherwise condense the measure of freedom exercised by states in the utilization of transboundary rivers. The emerging concept of the ‘right to water security’ is just another addition to the list of ‘theoretical’ frames employed in defence of sovereign entitlements and national water resource development policies.
This study will investigate whether the ‘(re)deﬁnition’ of sovereign rights of use in the Nile Basin through the prism of ‘water security’ has been aligned with the established usage in international law, and shall present on its implications in promoting Basin-wide cooperation and in resolving disputes associated with the competitive use of scarce water resources in the region.
Keywords: International water law, water security, The Nile River, Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan
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