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 25: South Asian Water Treaty practice: an overview

Kishor Uprety


South Asia’s geography, history, domestic governance, and geopolitical concerns have, throughout history, influenced the riparian countries’ behaviour and perception vis-à-vis their water deals, including their responses to the challenges of utilizing, managing, and protecting transboundary water resources. The competing demands, seasonal fluctuations in needs and availabilities, lack of reliable data, and most importantly, lack of political trust have often adversely affected their political relations, and treaty-making and collaboration among them, for ensuring equitable sharing of such water resources, have not only been slow but often also sub-optimal. Even when treaty obligations exist, their enforcements have been ad hoc and frequently subject to controversies.

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