Freshwater and International Law: The Multiple Challenges

7–9 July 2011, Genève • Conference «Freshwater and International Law: The Multiple Challenges», organized by the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva (Platform for International Water Law). It will look at the interaction between law, science and policy with respect to managing international freshwater resources.

Water is the challenge of the 21st century. Water conflicts, access to drinking water, deterioration of water quality, and drought management; all these are issues that feature heavily among the priority topics on the international agenda today. International law provides principles and norms for the sustainable development and protection of this vital resource. The question is: how does law contribute to effective water resources management?

The event brings together renowned legal experts, scientists and practitioners from diverse disciplines to discuss the interrelation between law and sustainable management of the planet's freshwater resources in a multidisciplinary context.

The conference starts on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 15:00 hrs with an open session on contemporary issues of transboundary water law. The official program continues on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 July 2011 with four high-level panels on the topics of water as a vital resource for States and individuals; the promotion of water cooperation; water as a natural resource; and prevention and settlement of water related disputes.


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