CAS Water Governance: Frameworks and Negotiations
Period4 July 2022 - 15 July 2022
Registration deadline1 May 2022
- For all modules taken as a package: CHF 3'500.-
- Per module taken individually: CHF 1'250.-
- Identify and analyse the new challenges of water resource management at the global scale, considering the whole water cycle
- Analyse hydropolitics and actors’ strategies and understand trends and functioning of water governance at the global level
- Provide tools to water professionals to analyse water policy issues and manage the resource in the face of risk and uncertainty
- Develop work-related skills such as the ability to analyse international legal and institutional frameworks, the related negotiations, and the ability to prevent and regulate water conflicts
- Develop a community of practice in the field of water governance
- Implement strategies that consider both political and practical issues of water management.
- Use tools to analyse and manage water policy issues in a changing environment (political, economic, environmental).
- Analyse legal frameworks (and their development) for the management of water resources.
- Manage complex situations and implement innovative solutions.
- Communicate effectively on policy and strategic issues regarding water resources.
- Anticipate inter and intra-sectoral water conflicts and resolve these conflicts with water management tools.
- Module 1: MOOC Water Resources Management and Policy (online module)
- Module 2: Hydropolitics
- Module 3: International Water Law at the Intersection of Different Fields of International Law
- Module 4: Conflict Management Processes
- Module 5: Data, Water and Cooperation
Prof. Christian BRETHAUT, Director and Dr. Fatine EZBAKHE, Co-Director, Institute for Environmental Sciences (ISE), University of Geneva
The Institute for Environmental Sciences of the University of Geneva launches another edition of the certifying Summer School in “Water Governance: Framework and Negotiations”. This two-week training aims to deliver skills and knowledge based on the latest scientific research applicable in professional contexts. Participants will learn how to use water governance tools to address complex political situations, be resilient when a crisis strikes, and innovate in the face of risk and uncertainty.
In addition to the Summer School, a MOOC in Water Management and Policy is offered to the participants (available on the Coursera platform). To obtain the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS), participants are required to complete (1) the MOOC (ideally before the Summer School), (2) the Summer School, and (3) a final thesis.
- Water as a common pool resource
- Rules of the resource: uses and circumvention
- Integrated resource management and the nexus
- Integrated watershed management
- Water as a source of conflict and cooperation
- Frameworks for understanding and analysing hydropolitics
- Different perspectives on hydropolitics
- Hydropolitical dynamics around transboundary waters
- Sources and principles of international water law
- Linkages between international water law and other areas of international law
- Legal tool to solve water-related disputes
- Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) techniques
- Focus on the negotiation process
- Skills for a successful negotiation
- Role of data and models in water cooperation
- Different actors involved in data collection and sharing
- Interplay between information and (emerging) technologies, knowledge, and power
Our teaching philosophy is to encourage interactions between the practice and results from scientific research. Trainers and participants will be invited to share their expertise and their professional experiences. Our teaching methods involve:
- A strong involvement of participants who are invited to share their ideas and professional experiences.
- A combination of academic knowledge and field expertise, based on the most recent research and concrete examples in the water and policy domain.
- The development of skills transferable to a variety of professional environments.
- A multidisciplinary perspective of international water governance.
- Hold a university master's degree, a university bachelor's degree, a bachelor's or master's degree from a university of applied sciences or a degree deemed equivalent;
- Have at least 2 years of professional experience related to the Certificate program;
- Demonstrate their motivation to follow the Certificate program by describing how it links to their professional practice; and
- Have a good command of oral and written English, enabling them to follow the CAS courses, read scientific documents, and communicate within the framework of the training activities.
Prof. Christian BRETHAUT (director), University of Geneva, Institute of Environmental Sciences (ISE)
Dr. Fatine EZBAKHE (co-director), University of Geneva, Institute of Environmental Sciences (ISE)
Prof. Géraldine PFIELGER, University of Geneva, Institute of Environmental Sciences (ISE)
Prof. Laurence BOISSON DE CHAZOURNES, University of Geneva, Faculty of Law
Ms. Dimka STANTCHEV SKEIE, Project Manager, Global Programme Water of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Dr. James DALTON, Director, Global Water Programme of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Mr. Cédric LECAMP, Investment Manager, Pictet Water Strategy at the Pictet Asset Management
Number of participants
- CHF 3'500 – for all modules taken as a package
- CHF 1'250 – per module taken individually
Monday - Friday: 8:15 am - 12:00 pm / 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:15 am - 12:15 pm
Priority will be given to participants who wish to follow the programme as a whole. Application for one or several specific modules is possible.
University faculty members, researchers, water experts at the international level
The summer school was a very fruitful experience, a unique opportunity to meet water specialists and to get theoretical knowledge and practical training. I had the chance to meet practitioners in water management and hydro-diplomacy from different places and cultures. Ziad Tak, PhD., Lebanon
I appreciated a lot to attend the course in international water governance. It gave me the opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge taught through innovative teaching methods. Moreover, it was a wonderful opportunity to exchange with professionals from different countries and to get immerged for two weeks in an international environment. Virginie Entringer, administrative officer, CNRS, France