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The UN Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses: A Commentary

Edited by Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Makane Moïse Mbengue, Mara Tignino, Komlan Sangbana, Jason Rudall


The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses plays a crucial role in protecting and managing international watercourses and other sources of fresh water. The present commentary is the first since the Convention came into force on 17 August 2014. This commentary examines the travaux préparatoires leading to the Convention and the practice that has developed since the adoption of the Convention in 1997, as well as looking ahead to the application of the Convention over the coming years. Tackling the context, rationale, and objectives of the provisions, the commentary offers critical insights to the Convention’s impact on the development of a universal regime for shared water resources. Each of the provisions of the Convention are explored and appraised in a methodical yet accessible manner. Examining cross-cutting topics such as the prevention and settlement of water disputes, the relationship between the Convention and other legal instruments, as well as how the Convention may interact with the areas of international environmental and economic law, this book is essential for those who seek a deep understanding of water law. Students, academics, and practitioners who have cause to interact with the Convention will find this commentary indispensable.

Bibliographic Information

Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, editor

Makane Moïse Mbengue, editor

Mara Tignino, editor

Komlan Sangbana, editor

Jason Rudall, editor

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