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Moving ahead in protecting freshwater resources: The International Law Commission's Draft Articles on Transboundary Aquifers

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Mechlem, Kerstin (2009) Moving ahead in protecting freshwater resources: The International Law Commission's Draft Articles on Transboundary Aquifers. Leiden Journal of International Law, 22 . pp. 801-821. [Journal article]

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Abstract

On 11 December 2008 the UN General Assembly adopted a set of draft articles on the law of transboundary aquifers which had been prepared by the International Law Commission (ILC) between 2002 and August 2008. These draft articles are the first official instrument that lays down rules of international law for the management and protection of groundwater, which makes up 97 per cent of the Earth's freshwater resources, excluding the resources locked in polar ice. This article discusses the contribution of the draft articles to the development of international water law. It first provides some background on the importance of shared groundwater resources, then describes the ILC's work on transboundary aquifers, and finally assesses in detail the draft articles and the way ahead.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:environmental law; freshwater resources; groundwater; International Law Commission; international water law
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
Research Institutes and Groups:Transitional Justice Institute
ID Code:9553
Deposited By:Mrs Lisa Thompson
Deposited On:26 Jan 2010 14:31
Last Modified:17 Nov 2011 14:28

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