Bangladesh-India water sharing cooperation: An analysis from the perspective of the International Environmental Law Principles
  • 1 Department of Law, East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh and India have signed bilateral agreements and took several initiatives on transboundary water cooperation. Environmental critics have for many years questioned the overall management of water cooperation efforts between these two countries, considering especially water pollution and degradation. However, it is not clear the extent to which these countries comply with international environmental law principles in creating and implementing water sharing agreements. This article, therefore, aims to assess the issues of compliance with the ‘no harm’ principle, the ‘precautionary’ principle and the ‘polluter pays’ principle, all of which assist the states to achieve sustainable development and are purportedly applicable to water sharing management agreements between Bangladesh and India. This article mainly focuses on the management of water sharing of the Ganges, the Teesta and the proposed Tipaimukh dam projects through a consideration of existing studies on transboundary water cooperation between Bangladesh and India.

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