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

Patricia Wouters

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    Abstract

    The duty to cooperate – the bedrock of international law – continues to evolve as new global challenges emerge that test the boundaries of state sovereignty. This article explores the duty to cooperate through the prism of transboundary waters in the context of impending conflicts-of-use as demands increase to meet growing economic, social, cultural and environmental needs. What are the
    obligations on sovereign nation states as they develop and manage their shared water resources? This article argues that a norm of ‘dynamic cooperation’ is emerging in the field, with its origins at the very core of international law, and which provides a platform for the continued peaceful management of the world’s shared fresh waters. The declaration of 2013 as the UN International Year of Water Cooperation has helped to provide the impetus to explore more fully the ‘duty to cooperate’ as it relates to the development and management of the world’s shared freshwater resource.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)88-97
    Number of pages10
    JournalEnvironmental Liability: Law, Policy and Practice
    Volume21
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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