Water and Environmental Law

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The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to the theoretical and practical aspects of water and environmental resources management from a legal and policy perspective.

Course content
The national component plays an important part in the international part of this short course, and the international component is interwoven into the national dimension. The course uses interactive lectures, practices in stakeholder interviews and analysis, negotiation exercises, role-plays, workshops, case studies, the internet and audio-visual means.

Subjects at the international level
– The UN institutional framework relevant to water and environmental law and management;
– Theoretical concepts of multi-level governance, good governance, the rule of law, participatory approaches and international relations theories;
– General principles of international law, and international water and environmental law;
– Elaboration and analysis of the UN Law on the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses and international treaties on climate change, desertification, biodiversity, depletion of the ozone layer and forestry;
– Some regional water and environmental agreements;
– Major water and environmental disputes and cases;
– Negotiation theory;
– Dispute resolution.

Subjects at the national level
– National water and environmental law systems,
– Institutional and management arrangements;
– Decentralization, decision-making and communication;
– Contract management.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
– Critically investigate and grasp different dimensions of water and environmental law (including principles, rights, instruments, organizations) from local to global level.
– Obtain proficiency in the review of contrasting legal arguments.
– Practice treaty-writing and contract writing skills.
– Integrate legal knowledge within their existing water and environmental knowledge that try to address key issues of water sharing under the equity articles of the UN Watercourses Convention.