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Some Developments in the Law of International Watercourses

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This chapter concentrates on two areas: the two-way operation of the so-called "noharm"rule; and some of the implications of the human right to water a subject that unites two of Judge Caflisc's principal fields of interest. To lay a background for discussion of these issues the chapter reviews the most basic principles of international watercourse law. The most basic of the UN convention rules are those relating to equitable and reasonable utilization; prevention of significant harm; and notification and consultation regarding planned measures. These rules are discussed briefly in the chapter. The countries and international institutions struggle to ameliorate the freshwater crisis that afflicts much of the global population. Cooperation between upstream and downstream countries, supported by international law, and the human right to water, implemented as quickly and thoroughly as possible with the support of the international community, will help to alleviate the crisis.

Keywords: freshwater crisis; human right to water; Judge Caflisc; Law of International Watercourses; noharm rule



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