Water Conflict Management II

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.

Apply now for


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.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 30 March 2020
End: 17 April 2020
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. Explain, discuss and analyse key concepts of conflict management and conflicts related to water, water cooperation, water diplomacy and related themes (e.g. RBOs, etc.).
  2. Critically analyse cases of water sharing and use among different actors at different levels and from different sectors, from a conflict and cooperation perspective.
  3. Understand and apply fundamental concepts and theories of the legal and institutional, political and social dimensions of water cooperation and water conflict.
  4. Prepare, organise and engage in different types of conflict resolution processes related to water conflicts.

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.


Connect with us

Never miss a thing!