Online Course on International Water Law by University of Geneva: Registrations Open

In recent decades, international law has undergone a series of major developments in order to accommodate the many new facets of freshwater management and protection. The adoption of universal, regional and basin instruments highlights how important it is to study the evolution of international water regulations and to be able to identify the main principles in this field.

This course aims to provide the necessary background to understand and examine the regulation applicable to transboundary freshwaters especially to rivers, lakes and aquifers. It presents the principles and legal standards that govern the use, sharing, management and protection of these resources.

The MOOC is made up of 5 modules. As each module addresses a different theme, they can be viewed in any order.

However, the modules do follow a certain pedagogical logic and following in order will be especially helpful to those who are new to the subject. Each module is accompanied by an evaluation questionnaire or quiz.

A certificate will be awarded to students who obtain an average of at least 80% in the quizzes.

By the end of this course, you will be able to

  1. Describe the issues related to the regulation of transboundary freshwaters;
  2. Explain how transboundary freshwater regulations have evolved;
  3. Recall and interpret the key principles governing water resource regulation;
  4. Understand the role of transboundary freshwater dispute settlement mechanisms in the development of international freshwater law (or to understand the role of international courts and tribunals in the resolution of conflicts)

Syllabus

Module 1: Introduction to international water law

Module 2: The Evolution of the International Regulation on Fresh Water Resources

Module 3: The Principles of the Law on Transboundary Water Resources I

Module 4: The Principles of the Law on Transboundary Water Resources II

Module 5: Prevention and Resolution of Water-Related Disputes

Organiser

Founded in 1559, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) is one of Europe’s leading universities. Devoted to research, education and dialogue, the UNIGE shares the international calling of its host city, Geneva, a centre of international and multicultural activities with a venerable cosmopolitan tradition.

Instructors

Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Professor
Department of Public International Law and International Organization, Faculty of Law

Makane Moïse Mbengue,  Professor
Faculty of Law and Institute of Environmental Sciences

Mara Tignino, Reader
Department of Public International Law and International Organization, Faculty of Law

Komlan Sangbana, Associate Researcher
Faculty of Law and Institute of Environmental Sciences

To enroll for this course, click the link below.

Course on International Water Law

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