Water and Environmental Law

The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to theoretical and practical aspects of water and environmental resources management from a legal and policy perspective. 

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For whom?

This short course is for top and mid-level decision makers, technical experts and professional trainers and researchers in relevant technical and managerial fields of work in both the public and private sector. 

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 10 February 2020
End: 28 February 2020
Deadline IHE application: 09 January 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. Critically analyze and explain different dimensions of water and environmental law (including principles, rights, instruments, organizations) from local to global administrative and functional levels.
  2. Review, compare and analyze contrasting legal arguments.
  3. Critically evaluate and compare treaties and (inter)national contracts, and develop skills in contract management.
  4. Summarize and integrate legal knowledge within its existing water and environmental governance background in an attempt to address key issues of water sharing under the equity articles of the UN Watercourses Convention.

Course content

The national component plays an important part in the international part of this short course, and the international component is interwoven into the national dimension. The course uses interactive lectures, practices in stakeholder interviews and analysis, negotiation exercises, role-plays, workshops, case studies, the internet and audio-visual means.

Subjects at the international level

  • The UN institutional framework relevant to water and environmental law and management;
  • Theoretical concepts of multi-level governance, good governance, the rule of law, participatory approaches and international relations theories;
  • General principles of international law, and international water and environmental law;
  • Elaboration and analysis of the UN Law on the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses and international treaties on climate change, desertification, biodiversity, depletion of the ozone layer and forestry;
  • Some regional water and environmental agreements;
  • Major water and environmental disputes and cases;
  • Negotiation theory;
  • Dispute resolution.

Subjects at the national level

  • National water and environmental law systems,
  • Institutional and management arrangements;
  • Decentralization, decision-making and communication;
  • Contract management.



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