Netherlands, Utrecht

International, European and Domestic Water Law

when 11 July 2016 - 15 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 ECTS
fee EUR 750

The course introduces the students to the following four substantive themes of water law, examined from the international, European and domestic perspective:

1. The legal status of water
This theme addresses the fundamental question about the status of water. How is water perceived at the various regulatory levels? What are the implications of this in respect of, for example, sovereign rights to water, property rights and commercial interests?

2. Water safety and flood protection
This theme addresses legal aspects related to water safety, including flood protection and combating subsidence. It includes the duty to notify and cooperate, as regulated in the UN Watercourses Convention of 1997, the applicability of the no-harm principle and due diligence obligations as well as safety strategies as developed within the EU framework and issues pertaining to urban water management.

3. Water quality and protection of drinking water resources
Water quality refers to the chemical and ecological status of surface water and water systems. The focus in this theme is on transboundary pollution issues, the duty to prevent and contain, the distribution of pollution quotas as well as the management of transboundary aquifers and watercourses.

4. Sustainable use of water
Sustainability at the international level pertaining to water management is framed within integrated water resources management. Questions include: how does the sustainable use of water relate to equitable and reasonable use of water? What is the relationship between sustainable use of water and transboundary harm? How can water services (waste water collection and treatment/ sanitation and drinking water supply) be regulated and financed in a way that stimulates a sustainable use of water?

Course leader

Prof dr. Helena F.M.W. van Rijswick

Target group

The course participants could include (post)graduate students, academics, professionals working in water-related sectors, and others interested in the regulation of the use of freshwater resources.

Course aim

The aim of the course is to provide a basic introduction to selected issues of international, European and domestic water law.

Fee info

EUR 750: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 550: Course + course materials

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