The Law of International Watercourses: Non-Navigational Uses / Edition 1

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As the world's population continues to grow, it places increasing demands on Earth's finite supply of fresh water. This book examines the rules of international law that govern the non-navigational uses of international watercourses. The basic rules are reflected in the 1997 United Nations Convention; this book not only covers issues surrounding the Convention, but also explores the major cases and controversies concerning international watercourses as a background against which to consider the basic substantive and procedural rights and obligations of states.
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"A very valuable source of knowledge relating to the contemporary law of international watercourses. It is very sound from the scholarly point of view, but at the same time, the author exhibits a realistic approach to the difficult problem of the management of shared freshwater sources. Well structured and very accessible in [its] presentation of issues."--International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Vol. 51, Part 1, January 2002

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199264100
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/10/2003
  • Series: Oxford Monographs in International Law Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen McCaffrey is Professor of Law at UOP McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.

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Table of Contents

Table of National Legislation
Table of International Treaties and Other Instruments
Table of Cases and Arbitrations
Pt. I Introduction 1
1 Human Use of Water and the Coming Era of Water Scarcity 3
2 The Concept of the International Watercourse System 22
Pt. II Theoretical Bases of the Law of International Watercourses 55
3 Theoretical Bases of International Watercourse Law: Introductory Considerations 57
4 International Watercourses as Exclusively National Resources: The 'Harmon Doctrine' in United States Practice 76
5 The Theoretical Bases of International Watercourse Law: An Examination of the Four Principal Theories 112
Pt. III The Major Cases and Controversies: A Survey of State Practice 175
6 The Major Cases 179
7 Selected Case Studies 232
Pt. IV Fundamental Rights and Obligations 297
8 Introduction: The 1997 United Nations Convention 301
9 The Obligation to Utilize an International Watercourse in an Equitable and Reasonable Manner 324
10 The Obligation to Prevent Harm to Other Riparian States 346
11 The Obligation to Protect International Watercourses and Their Ecosystems 381
12 Procedural Obligations 397
13 The Special Case of Groundwater 414
14 Dispute Avoidance and Settlement: Selected Aspects 434
Annex I United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses (1997) 446
Annex II Helsinki Rules on the Uses of the Waters of International Rivers (1966) 465
Annex III International Law Commission, Resolution on Confined Transboundary Groundwater 473
Bibliography 475
Index 505
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