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The Law On International Watercourses And Its Deficits In Providing Freshwater Access

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International water law is deemed to regulate and manage the use of water resources, to adjust competing uses and to deliver measures of mediation in case of conflict. This chapter opens with a survey of the development of certain management principles in international water law in the 20th century as this will help assessing their characteristics. It undertakes an analysis of the relevant international water law with regard to providing everybody with the indispensable amount of freshwater. The Helsinki Rules follow a broad definition of waters that are subject to regulation. Article II of the Helsinki Rules establishes the drainage basin concept. The term "international watercourses" is explained in Article 2 (b) as "a watercourse, parts of which are situated in different states." According to Article 10 (1) specific agreements take precedence over the rules established by the UN Watercourse Convention.

Keywords: freshwater; Helsinki Rules; International water law; international watercourses; UN Watercourse Convention



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