Transboundary Freshwater Security Governance Train – an Interactive Online Session Series

In 2021, the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and Wuhan International Water Law Academy (IWLA) are co-organising an interactive online series called the “Transboundary freshwater security governance train”. Within its first season, held from January to June, six online sessions were conducted as a ‘train’ stopping at various locations in the world, with a focus on topics related to transboundary freshwater security from an international water law (IWL) perspective. After a short stop, the train is back on track in September and ‘travels around’ relevant aspects of international water law until the end of the year.

Within its second season, the first train departs on 21 September, exploring the linkages with International Dispute Settlement together with experts, revisiting historical water disputes and looking at some pending ones, focusing on the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Just like the first season, the second season continues to make basic concepts of international water law accessible to a wide audience by discussing implementation of these principles in different contexts and locations. Every session is conducted in an interactive, responsive, and engaging fashion as we strongly believe in the importance of building a diverse community of practice.

The session series is part of the Governance for Transboundary Freshwater Security Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Participants are encouraged to sign up to the MOOC in advance of the webinar series. All sessions are open for anybody to join, but Module 3 (on International Water Law) is suggested as a good preparation.

Season 3

  • Session 14: Using data in transboundary water management & negotiations (2 November 2022): What types of data are critical to policymaking and implementation? What databases may be useful? How can data enhance dialogues and how can negotiations overcome data challenges? What is missing from datasets?
  • Session 12: Indigenous people in the governance of transboundary waters (15 September 2022):  The 12th online interactive session explores the ways how to better involve indigenous people in the governance of transboundary waters and practical examples of the role of indigenous people in transboundary water management.

Season 2

  • Session 10: Transboundary Water Agreements ( 16 February 2022): Does the design of a Transboundary Water Agreement matter? And if so, how does design affect an agreement's performance? Are there certain key ingredients that should structure Transboundary Water Agreements and other arrangements?
  • Session 9: Water Diplomacy & Negotiation (16 November): How can water diplomacy enhance cooperation and prevent conflicts? What are the actual practices used in negotiations? What is the role of the international community and stakeholders to prevent or resolve conflicts over transboundary waters?
  • Session 8: The Source-to-Sea Approach in International Water Law (19 October): What are the rules of international law that govern the marine interface? How can we manage these different parts of the marine environment holistically in coherent legal frameworks? What are examples of best practices at the intersection of the marine and riverine environment?
  • Session 7: IWL & International Dispute Settlement (21 September): What are the linkages between international water law and dispute settlement? What are the historical and ongoing cases? What are the steps to solve and international dispute? What is the role of the International Court of Justice (ICJ)?

Season 1

  • Session 6: IWL & Groundwater (15 June): How is transboundary groundwater governed – what are the legal rules that apply and how to implement these in practice? Focus on existing best practice and key challenges.
  • Session 5: IWL & Infrastructure Projects (18 May): What are the legal rules and procedures for building major infrastructure? How does international water law, human rights and international investment law combine to deal with these issues?
  • Session 4: IWL & Climate Change (20 April): What strategies are there to help countries adapt to/tackle climate change within a transboundary contact? What are the legal challenges and how can national, regional and global legal requirements be addressed?