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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Rhine River

Katrin Tiroch

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 January 2020

Subject(s):
Rivers — Pollution

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The Rhine River is one of Europe’s most important and characteristic international watercourses. It originates in the Swiss Alps and drains into the North Sea in the Netherlands. The Rhine crosses or constitutes a border for six States: Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France, and the Netherlands (see also Lake Constance). Additionally, Belgium, Italy, and Luxembourg have a share of its drainage basin. With a length of 1,230 km—for a long time, its length had been fixed at 1,320 km before it was established in 2010 that it was in fact 90 km...
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