Transboundary Aquifers in International Law: Towards an Evolution

  • Raya M. Stephan
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security book series (NAPSC)

This chapter presents the development of international law in transboundary aquifers. While few years ago, State practice over transboundary aquifers was very scarce and almost non-existent, the situation is now showing signs of change. States sharing an aquifer are seeking to establish cooperation mechanisms over their common resource, and are introducing the consideration of a legal component in projects on transboundary aquifers. In June 2006, draft articles on the law of transboundary aquifers have been adopted at first reading by the UN International Law Commission.


UN International Law Commission draft articles on law of transboundary aquifers EU Water Framework Directive 


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© Springer Science + Business Media B.V 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Raya M. Stephan
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  1. 1.UNESCO - International Hydrological ProgrammeFrance

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