Research Handbook on International Water Law
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Research Handbook on International Water Law

Edited by Stephen C. McCaffrey, Christina Leb and Riley T. Denoon

The Research Handbook on International Water Law surveys the field of the law of shared freshwater resources. In some thirty chapters, it covers subjects ranging from the general principles operative in the field and international groundwater law to the human right to water and whether international water law is prepared to cope with climate disruption. The authors are internationally recognized experts in the field, most with years of experience. The Research Handbook is edited by three scholars and practitioners whose publications and work deal with the law of international watercourses.
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Chapter 5: Intertwined general principles

Stephen C. McCaffrey

Abstract

This chapter surveys the basic principles of the law of international watercourses and shows how they are interrelated. For the purposes of the chapter, the basic principles of the law in this field are considered to be equitable and reasonable utilization, prevention of significant harm, cooperation in good faith, and notification of planned measures. These principles are demonstrated to be not only interrelated, but also mutually supportive. This discussion is set against the background of a survey of the four principle theoretical bases of the law of international watercourses.

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