Water Conflict Negotiation and Mediation

The course offers a comprehensive introduction to the key concepts of water conflict and cooperation, including approaches to international water law, water management institutions, cooperation mechanisms and conflict resolution tools. It provides a comprehensive knowledge base for developing and applying tools and approaches to addressing water conflicts and fostering water cooperation.

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For whom?

This short course is designed for current and future water managers, decision-makers and others involved in water management and water policy. Participants need to have obtained a bachelor degree in a relevant subject (i.e. biology, economics, engineering, law, social sciences, water management) and preferably have several years of relevant working experience.


Participants should have followed the Water Conflict Analysis module. In addition, they need to have a bachelor degree and several years of working experience in a relevant field (water or environmental management, conflict management or similar topics).

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 20 April 2020
End: 08 May 2020
ECTS credit points: 5
Deadline IHE application: 28 February 2020 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 2910

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Describe, assess and apply tools for the analysis of water conflicts in preparation of conflict management processes
  2. Identify and assess the mechanisms for the management and resolution of water conflicts
  3. Explain and evaluate the elements of and approaches to conflict management processes (including negotiations and mediation), and apply related skills to prepare, organise and engage in those processes
  4. Assess different tracks and tools of water diplomacy

Course content

This short course provides participants with comprehensive knowledge relevant for water conflict management and cooperation. It focuses on key theories and concepts of water law, water policy, water institutions/river basin organizations, conflict and stakeholder analyses. And it addresses relevant tools and approaches for water diplomacy, water-related negotiations and conflict-resolution. This includes the discussion of specific examples of water conflict and cooperation at different governance levels as well as the consideration of the roles of different actors (diplomats, civil society, media, etc.).


It is possible to take part in the examination of this short course. If you obtain a passing mark for this examination and return to IHE Delft within four years after completion of the short course to follow a full MSc programme, you will receive exemption for this short course/module. The costs for this exam are €250 extra and should be borne by yourself. Taking part in the examination is not compulsory.


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