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International Law and Transboundary Aquifers

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International Law and Transboundary Aquifers

9781788117623 Edward Elgar Publishing
Francesco Sindico, Reader, International Environmental Law and Director, Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
Publication Date: December 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78811 762 3 Extent: c 160 pp
Groundwater amounts to 97% of available global freshwater resources. Emphasising the crucial importance of this in the context of increasing population, climate change and the overall global water crisis, Francesco Sindico offers a comprehensive study of the emerging body of international law applicable to transboundary aquifers.

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Groundwater amounts to 97% of available global freshwater resources. Emphasising the crucial importance of this in the context of increasing population, climate change and the overall global water crisis, Francesco Sindico offers a comprehensive study of the emerging body of international law applicable to transboundary aquifers.

Adopting a scenario-based approach, this much-needed book analyses a diverse set of transboundary aquifer agreements and arrangements. With just a handful of such agreements and arrangements around the world, it demonstrates how identifying a normative roadmap for countries that want to begin jointly managing a transboundary aquifer is of paramount importance. Offering an in-depth exploration into the ILC Draft Articles on the Law of Transboundary Aquifers, it provides insight into how this body of law is evolving, and discusses its relation to customary international law.

Academics and researchers interested in international water law, environmental law and public international law more widely will find this a unique and compelling work, whilst the book’s practical approach will also make it a useful tool for transboundary aquifer professionals and wider stakeholders working in governments and public bodies dealing with water management around the world.
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‘This book is a welcome addition to scholarly investigations of the norms applicable to transboundary aquifers. Groundwater has an increasingly important role to play in the context of water security but its governance, domestically and particularly internationally, remains embryonic. With its practical and academic approach, this publication clearly brings to light and thoroughly explains the essential international legal rules that aquifer states need to be aware of when considering engaging in transboundary aquifer cooperation.’
– Zaki Shubber, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, the Netherlands

‘Management and regulation of groundwater is generally fragmented and poor, especially when the resource flows across state boundaries. In such cases, sovereignty prevails over cooperation, hampering protection and optimal utilization.

This book provides deeper insights and critical analysis of the principles of transboundary groundwater law and the agreements and arrangements on shared aquifers, with the view of addressing the problems of sharing, management and protection. It is scrupulously researched and well-written, and is highly recommended for water lawyers, practitioners, and policy makers.’
– Salman M. A. Salman, former Water Law Adviser, The World Bank
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Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Transboundary Aquifers 3. The emergence of an International Law of Transboundary Aquifers 4. The normative content of the International Law of Transboundary Aquifers 5. The Future of the International Law of Transboundary Aquifers 6. Transboundary aquifer agreements and arrangements 7. Conclusion Index


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