Resolution of International Water Disputes: Papers Emanating from the Sixth PCA International Law Seminar, November 8, 2002

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Kluwer Law International, 2003 - Law - 453 pages
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This fifth volume in the Permanent Court of Arbitration/Peace Palace Papers series reproduces the work of the 6th International Law Seminar held at the Peace Palace on November 8, 2002.

The Seminar's distinguished panelists and participants focused on the settlement of international disputes over that most essential of natural resources water.

They explored a range of questions: Which settlement mechanisms are most promising in the field of transboundary freshwater disputes? Is adjudication a suitable method of apportioning water rights which are vital not only to human life, but to the agriculture and industry of every nation on the planet? Given the need for "win-win" solutions to most water disputes, are negotiation and regional cooperation the only realistic and viable methods for settling them? What is the potential role of conciliation, mediation, good offices and other ad hoc mechanisms?

This volume also contains the 1997 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses, a multilateral framework treaty dealing with transboundary freshwater, which provides a variety of tools (such as the submission of disputes to fact-finding commissions) for the peaceful resolution of water disputes.


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Keynote Address
Challenges for the 21st Century
Characteristics and Trends for Resolving Them
A Special Emphasis on Institutional Mechanisms
What Lessons Learned from State Practice?
Good Offices and Mediation and International Water Disputes
The Role of Third Parties in Promoting Collective Action Among Riparians
Judicial Means for Settling Water Disputes
Emerging Trends in the Role of NonState Actors in International Water Disputes
A Search for the Nexus Between the Local and the Global
Water in Times of Armed Conflict
Lessons from the Middle East
the View Projected by the Epistemic Community
Concluding Remarks
United Nations Convention on the Law of the NonNavigational Uses of International Watercourses

The Judgment of the International Court of Justice in the Case Concerning the GabćikovoNagymaros Project

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