Law

Short course International Water Law and the Law of Transboundary Aquifers (distance learning course) 2018

Launch of the 2018 Session

This Course is part of the Geneva Water Hub’s teaching resources and has been specially designed for participants working on a full time basis (approximately 8-10 hours/week of workload).

Full and partial scholarships are available for participants coming from least developed countries and non-OECD countries. Applicants for scholarships have to fill in the PDF Registration Form that can be downloaded from this page.

 

Deadline for registration and application: 19 September 2018

Objectives

  • To gain sound knowledge of international water law.
  • To acquire an in-depth understanding of the multifaceted aspects related to the governance of water resources.
  • To foster reflection on the linkages between international water law and other areas of international law.
  • To foster reflection allowing a more effective use of legal tools to improve access to water and solve water-related disputes.

Informations

Period

24 September 2018 - 9 December 2018
4 ECTS credits
120 Distance teaching hours

Language

English

Format

Distance learning

Contact

Location

Geneva

Registration

Registration deadline

19 September 2018
Full and partial scholarships are available for participants coming from least developed countries and non-OECD countries. Candidates asking for a partial or full scholarship have to explain the reasons for this request in their motivation letter.

Fees:

CHF 900.-

Audience

Professional from various backgrounds including law, international relations, hydrology, engineering or economics
Government official (diplomat, technical and scientific specialist working in transboundary water issues), international organization staff,
civil society representative academic and professional from the private sector

Learning outcomes

  • Interpret and apply the legal instruments, principles and norms of international water law in order to contribute to prevent and settle water disputes
  • Identify and use key instruments and principles of the law of transboundary aquifers
  • Explain the current legal developments in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals and contribute to the creation of instruments promoting equitable access and sustainable use of water resources
  • Develop legal skills for the negotiation and implementation of fresh water agreements
  • Promote cooperation and prevent conflicts arising from water use and the sharing of fresh water resources
  • Promote and support public participation in water management issues

Programme

7 online modules:

  • Sources and Concepts of International Water Law
  • The Evolution of International Regulation on Transboundary Water Resources
  • The Principles of the Law on Transboundary Water Resources (Part I) (equitable and reasonable use, mechanisms to settle water disputes, etc.)
  • The Principles of the Law on Transboundary Water Resources (Part II) (public participation, human right to water, international humanitarian law, etc.)
  • The Law of Transboundary Aquifers
  • Water and International Economic Law
  • Case Study: Analysis and Legal Resolution

Director(s)

Prof. Laurence BOISSON DE CHAZOURNES, Director of the Platform for International Water Law at the Geneva Water Hub, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva,
Prof. Makane M. MBENGUE, Faculty of Law and Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva, and Member of the Platform for International Water Law at the Geneva Water Hub and Dr. Mara TIGNINO, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of the Platform for International Water Law at the Geneva Water Hub, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva

Coordinator(s)

Dr. Mara TIGNINO, University of Geneva

Partnership

The Course is implemented by the Geneva Water Hub in collaboration with DiploFoundation and receives the financial support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Date(s)

24 September 2018
30 September 2018

Description

• Explaining the characteristics of international actors in the development of international water law. • Defining the sources of international water law. • Comparing diplomatic and judicial methods for settling international water disputes.

Date(s)

1 October 2018
14 October 2018

Description

• Analyzing the key aspects and scope of the 1997 Convention on the Law of Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses and the 1992 Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes. • Describing the activities of the League of Nations, the United Nations and non-governmental organizations in the development of international water law. • Differentiating between the work of the International Law Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

Date(s)

15 October 2018
28 October 2018

Description

• Examining the content of the principle of equitable and reasonable use, the obligation not to cause significant harm and the principle of cooperation. • Discussing and providing examples of international judicial decisions dealing with international water law. • Understanding the role and function of river basin organizations.

Date(s)

29 October 2018
11 November 2018

Description

• Explaining the role of water in international environmental law and human rights law. • Defining and assessing the human right to water and sanitation. • Identifying the norms on the protection of water during armed conflicts.

Date(s)

12 November 2018
25 November 2018

Description

• Understanding and analyzing the principles applicable to the management and protection of transboundary aquifers. • Examining and assessing the relationship between the International Law Commission’s Draft Articles on Transboundary Aquifers of 2008, the 1997 Convention on the Law of Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses and the Model Provisions on Groundwater Resources of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). • Identifying the main rules of the existing agreements on transboundary aquifers.

Date(s)

26 November 2018
2 December 2018

Description

• Understanding the linkages between water and international economic law. • Differentiating between international trade law and international investment law. • Defining the functions of amicus curiae in arbitrations dealing with water.

Date(s)

3 December 2018
9 December 2018

Description

Resolution of a scenario-based case study.

Pedagogical method

The course presents interactive lessons and additional resources, such as links to complementary information and a glossary of legal terms, as primary learning method. Videos, discussing specific issues and featuring international legal experts, are a secondary component.

The learning approach is complemented by practical collaborative activities, such as scenario-based exercises, guided research assignments, discussion forums and webinars. Throughout the course participants learn from each other and interact with the moderator who supports their learning process.

Admission criteria

  • A recognized University degree (Bachelor,Master, Ph.D or equivalent)
  • Two years of relevant professional experience related to the management and protection of water resources
  • Fluency in English, particularly written and reading abilities
  • Applicants must have a computer and a reliable internet connection for the programme duration.They must possess basic computer skills such as navigating the Internet and using Microsoft Word
  • Applicants must submit a CV and a motivation letter explaining why the knowledge of international waterlaw is relevant to their work and how it will be applied to carry out their professional duties

Number of participants

Max. 35 participants

“The training used different participatory approaches such as webinar, assignments and quiz which tested factual knowledge and analytical perspective of the subject matter. The support afforded to me, both technical as well as the answers from the expert, was superb. Therefore, I have no hesitation in recommending the course to any person whatsoever.”

Sarah Vranckx, Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, Namibia.

 

“...this course is really helping me see things in a new light (...). I have learnt a lot and I am continuing to learn. I soon have to submit a memo to my director to show him the importance of IWL and the shortcomings of Togo in the domain.”

Richard Barry, Directorate of Water Resources, Togo.

 

“I found the course invaluable. It gave me the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of legal topics not only at a national level but also at a global scale. The provided materials and the interactive course design made easy to follow it. The moderator was always supportive and quickly replied to my questions”

Mohammad Daud Hamidi, MA Student in Integrated Water Resources Management, Afghanistan.

 

“All modules were interactive and included a comprehensive description of different legal instruments of selected types of issues that can occur between riparian stakeholders and those related to human security. The course has also helped me to understand better practical challenges of implementing international water law.”

Martina Kilmes, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Sweden.


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