Law

Short course International Water Law and the Law of Transboundary Aquifers (distance learning course) 2020

The Geneva Water Hub offers financial support to non-OCDE candidates

The Geneva Water Hub, a global center on hydropolitics and hydrodiplomacy of the University of Geneva, offers full and partial scholarships to selected candidates coming from least developed countries and non-OECD countries.

Deadline for applications: 27 Septembre 2020
 

Information

Period

5 October 2020 - 14 December 2020
4 ECTS credits
120 Distance teaching hours

Language

English

Format

Distance learning

Contact

Dr Mara TIGNINO
+41 (0) 22 379 85 46
info-waterlawonline(at)unige.ch

Location

Geneva

Registration

Registration deadline

27 September 2020

Fees:

CHF 900.-

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development

Objectives

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

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, Dr. Mara TIGNINO, Reader 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)

5 October 2020
11 October 2020

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)

12 October 2020
18 October 2020

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)

19 October 2020
1 November 2020

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)

2 November 2020
15 November 2020

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)

16 November 2020
29 November 2020

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)

30 November 2020
6 December 2020

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)

7 December 2020
14 December 2020

Description

Resolution of a scenario-based case study.

Assessment

All modules comprise online assessement exercises and written assignments. The final exam consists of a 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.

The course provides professionals involved in negotiating or implementing treaties related to freshwater resources with the knowledge of the principles and norms that govern the use, sharing, management and protection of this exhaustible natural resource.

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

A maximum of 35 participants will be selected to participate in the course

Detailed fees

  • The entire course costs CHF 900.-
  • Full and partial scholarships are available for participants coming from non-OECD countries. Candidates asking for a partial or full scholarship have to explain the reasons for this request in their motivation letter.

“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.

 

"I suspect that there is something in this course for everyone. Those who do not have a legal background will come away with a solid understanding of how lawyers view this issue and perhaps a better understanding of why some things work the way they do. Those who do have a legal background, will be interested to learn about some of the technical aspects of hydrology and will likely learn about the state of transboundary water in an area--either geographic or thematic--that they knew little about. I personally have a legal background in this subject, but was fascinated to learn about how the law that I knew was applied in regions of the world I had not studied on my own. The experience helped to broaden and deepen my knowledge of the field and I suspect this would be true for most people."

Cory Olishansky, Legal Officer, Oceans and Environmental Law Division, Global Affairs, Canada.

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development

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