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 27: Transboundary water cooperation between the Russian Federation and the neighbouring states: legal and institutional frameworks

Sergei Vinogradov and Patricia Wouters


The Russian Federation is the largest country in the world with the second longest land border, shared with 16 other nations, which is either formed or traversed by numerous large and small rivers and lakes. The chapter examines the current status of these transboundary watercourses and political, economic and environmental issues that arise as a result of their use by the respective states. The focus of the analysis is on the relevant legal frameworks, regional, basin-wide or bilateral, and related institutions that govern utilization and conservation of transboundary water resources shared by Russia with its neighbours. Notwithstanding certain gaps and shortcomings of the existing regulatory regimes and institutions applicable to Russia’s transboundary waters, on the whole the existing legal frameworks are sufficiently effective in terms of their territorial coverage, normative content and practical implementation.

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