Dynamic cooperation in international law and the shadow of state sovereignty in the context of transboundary waters

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Some of the world’s leading thinkers are exploring ‘cooperation’ as the foundation for global peace and security and even to explain life on earth, building upon and extending significantly the parameters of past discourse on this topic. In The Better Angels of Our Nature, Pinker examines various models of cooperation and concludes inhis extensive study that: ‘Humans are not innately good (just as they are not innately evil), but they come equipped with motives that can orient them away from violence and toward cooperation and altruism’.3 Nowak, an evolutionary biologist, considers ‘cooperation’ to be central to the ‘fourbillion-year-old puzzle of life’ and essential for survival in the future. In his book, Super Cooperators,4 Nowak declares that:

‘We are … staring into the abyss of environmental catastrophe … Although we are teetering on the brink of disaster, we are also on the brink of advancing to the next level of cooperation. I believe that climate change will force us to enter a new chapter of cooperation’.5

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