International Law and Freshwater
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International Law and Freshwater

The Multiple Challenges

Edited by Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Christina Leb and Mara Tignino

International Law and Freshwater connects recent legal developments through the breadth and synergies of a multidisciplinary analysis. It addresses such critical issues as water security, the right to water, international cooperation and dispute resolution, State succession to transboundary watercourse treaties, and facets of international economic law, including trade in ‘virtual water’ and the impacts of ‘land grabs’.
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Chapter 3: Water security, perceptions and politics: the context for international watercourse negotiations

David Grey and Dustin Garrick


This chapter introduces water security as an enduring human goal. An understanding of water security provides an important point of reference for international water law to contribute toward better outcomes of negotiated dispute settlement on international watercourses. Seven lessons are drawn from our practical experience in many countries and river basins on most continents. These lessons are illustrated with examples that help to identify the context within which pathways must be found that unlock positive-sum outcomes for water security and growth. The lessons also help to define the context in which international water agreements will increasingly need to be negotiated.

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