What Lessons From Europe? a comparative analysis of the legal frameworks that Govern Europe`s Transboundary Waters

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More than one-half of the world’s population depends on water that crosses state borders, making national governments reliant upon their o-riparian neighbors. On a globe that seems to grow smaller every day, the interdependencies arising from the sharing of such a precious resource are easily identifiable, and yet not so readily understood nor managed. This Article examines the legal regimes that govern international watercourses, that is, those fresh waters that cross sovereign state borders (sometimes referred to as “transboundary waters”). Europe is selected as the regional case study for this work, which will identify and analyze the rules of international law that apply to shared European waters.

As always, it is important to recognize the important roles that national law and domestic legal regimes play in the context of transboundary waters.1

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