This fifth volume in the Permanent Court of Arbitration/Peace Palace Papers series reproduces the work of the 6th International Law Seminar held at the Peace Palace on November 8, 2002.
The Seminar's distinguished panelists and participants focused on the settlement of international disputes over that most essential of natural resources water.
They explored a range of questions: Which settlement mechanisms are most promising in the field of transboundary freshwater disputes? Is adjudication a suitable method of apportioning water rights which are vital not only to human life, but to the agriculture and industry of every nation on the planet? Given the need for "win-win" solutions to most water disputes, are negotiation and regional cooperation the only realistic and viable methods for settling them? What is the potential role of conciliation, mediation, good offices and other ad hoc mechanisms?
This volume also contains the 1997 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses, a multilateral framework treaty dealing with transboundary freshwater, which provides a variety of tools (such as the submission of disputes to fact-finding commissions) for the peaceful resolution of water disputes.
List of Journal Abbreviations, Introduction Tjaco T. van den Hout,
UNESCO Hydrological Programme: International Potential Conflict to
Co-operation Potential Keynote Address Sir Robert Jennings, Resolution
of International Water Disputes: Challenges for the 21st Century Surya P.
Subedi, Water Disputes Defined: Characteristics and Trends for Resolving
them Stephen C. McCaffrey, The Role of Diplomatic Means of Solving
Water Disputes: A Special Emphasis on Institutional Mechanisms Laurence
Boisson de Chazournes Universal and Regional Approaches to Resolving
International Water Disputes: What Lessons Learned from State Practice?
Patricia Wouters, Good Offices and Mediation and International Water
Disputes Salman M.A. Salman, The Role of Third Parties in Promoting
Collective Action Among Riparians Eyal Benvenisti, Judical Means for
Setteling Water Disputes Lucius Caflisch, The Judgement of the
International Court of Justice in the Case Concerning the Gabčikovo-Nagymaros
Project Stephen M. Schwebel, Emerging Trends in the Role of Non-State
Actors in International Water Disputes Atilla Tanzi & Cesare Pitea,
Non-State Actors and International Water Disputes: A Search for the Nexus
Between the Local and the Global Ellen Hey, Water in Times of Armed
Conflict Mara Tignino, Resolution of Water Disputes: Lessons from the
Middle East Edda Kristjánsdóttir, Prospects for the Future of
International Water Law: The View Projected by the Epistemic Community
Paulo Canelas de Castro, Concluding Remarks Philippe Sands, Appendix