Australia´s National University / London Centre of International Law Practice

Can there be transboundary water cooperation without international water law?

Tuesday 30 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: NL 461
Books on water. Image by Paula Hanasz.

Are international treaties always a sign of cooperation between signatories? Can states cooperate over shared freshwater resources without legally binding agreements? Do the principles of international water law favour downstream riparians? These are some of the questions that will be debated in this interactive and thought-provoking session. 

This event is a debate. Two teams of scholars and transboundary water governance practitioners will argue for and against the proposition ‘that there can be no transboundary water cooperation without international water law’. You, the audience, will join the discussion and vote on which side made the more persuasive case.

In this session we will launch officially the Centre for International Water Law and Security, hosted by the London Centre of International Law Practice. As a private sector organisation with a developmental approach we invite feedback from you as expert on which niches we can best focus our services and how we can be an added value in the water sector.

Programme

This is a debate between two panels of experts on the topic of whether or not there can be transboundary water cooperation without international water law. Speakers from each team will take turns to present their arguments. After all speakers have made their case, the moderator will ask the audience to decide which team made the most persuasive arguments. The audience will be invited to join the debate.

 Moderators:

  • Rozemarijn ter Horst, Centre for International Water Law and Security
  • Ms Paula Hanasz, London Center of International Law Practice

Affirmative team - arguing that there can be no transboundary water cooperation without international water law

  • Professor Owen McIntyre, University College Cork
  • Dr Francesco Sindico, University of Strathclyde Law School, London Centre of International Law Practice
  • Ms Joanna June Fatch, University of the Western Cape

Negative team - arguing that there is more to transboundary water cooperation than just international water law

  • Dr Marian Patrick (Neal), Stockholm International Water Institute
  • Ms Zaki Shubber, UNESCO-IHE
  • Mr. Gabriel Eckstein, Texas A&M University School of Law