Water Law and Cooperation in the Euphrates-Tigris Region: A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approach builds on the increased attention for international water governance questions in the UN International Year of Water Cooperation (2013) to evaluate various management issues related to the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, with particular attention to the legal governing framework.
Alongside contributions by legal scholars from the respective riparian countries on the national water law, Water Law and Cooperation in the Euphrates-Tigris Region: A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approach offers a unique interdisciplinary perspective on political, hydrological and environmental aspects of water management in the region. Additionally, the overall legal implications of water sharing and water resource management are addressed analyzed, in a critical overview. Finally, Water Law in the Euphrates-Tigris Region: A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approach serves as a comprehensive analysis of modern water law in its inclusion of comparative studies of legal and institutional aspects of water management systems in other international river basins.
Legal scholars, political scientists, specialists in conflict resolution, economists and policy-makers will find an essential new work in Water Law in the Euphrates-Tigris Region: A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approach.
Notes on the Contributors
Part I: International Water Law: Overview
Chapter 1: A Survey of Challenges and Trends in the Context of International Water Law
Rüdiger Wolfrum / Adele J. Kirschner
Chapter 2: International Groundwater Law in the Euphrates and Tigris Region
Chapter 3: Governing International Watercourses: Implications of the Human Right to Water
Part II: The Use of Waters of the Euphrates and Tigris
Chapter 4: Transboundary Water Relations in the Euphrates and Tigris Region
Chapter 5: Sharing and Protecting the Euphrates and Tigris: Legal Status Quo
Adele J. Kirschner / Katrin Tiroch
Chapter 6: Advantages of Marketable Water Rights in the Euphrates and Tigris Basin
Chapter 7: Dams on Euphrates and Tigris: Impact and Regulation Through International Law
Chapter 8: Hydrology
Dr. Johannes Cullmann
Part III: Comparative Analysis of National Water Laws in the Euphrates and Tigris Region and European Union Water Law
Chapter 9: Water Law in Iraq: The Present Model for Water Resources Protection
Yadgar Kamal Ahmmad
Chapter Chapter 10: Water Management Laws in the Syrian Arab Republic
Chapter 11: Legal Context in Water Management Policy in Turkey: Evolution of a Complex Framework in Three Stages
Chapter 12: EU Water Law and its Relevance for the Euphrates and Tigris Region
Part IV: International Experience from other Regions of the World: Comparative Perspectives
Chapter 13: Procedural System of Transboundary Water Cooperation in the Aral Sea Basin
Chapter 14: The Jordan River: Legal and Institutional Aspects
Chapter 15: The Amazon River Basin: Features, History and Legal Framework
Lilian Del Castillo-Laborde
Chapter 16: International Cooperation to Protect the Rhine River: Lessons to be Learnt for the Euphrates and Tigris Region? Katrin Tiroch
Chapter 17: Sovereignty Revisited – Examining the Rules of International Law that Govern Transboundary Water Resources with a Focus on Upstream/Downstream State Practice – Possible Lessons Learned for the Euphrates-Tigris
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Ayşegül Kibaroğlu, Ph.D. (1998), Bilkent University, is professor at the International Relations Department at Okan University Istanbul. Previously she was Vice Chair of the Department of International Relations at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. Dr. Kibaroğlu has published extensively on the politics of water resources with an emphasis on the Euphrates Tigris river basin including a book entitled Building a Regime for the Waters of the Euphrates-Tigris River Basin (Kluwer 2002).
Adele J. Kirschner studied law at the Universities of Heidelberg, Germany and Geneva, Switzerland. She worked as a research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg and was a member of the Institute’s project team on “Water Conflicts in International Law”. She now works for Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law and is writing her Ph.D. at the University of Heidelberg.
Sigrid Mehring studied law at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Netherlands and McGill University, Montréal, Canada. She worked as a research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg and is currently legal advisor on the right to health at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ).
Rüdiger Wolfrum, em. Dr. Dr. h.c., was Professor of National and International Public Law at the Universities of Mainz (1982), Kiel (1982–1993) and Heidelberg (1993-2012). He was also Director of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (1993-2012). In 1996 he was appointed as Judge at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and served as president from 2005 to 2008. He has published extensively in various fields of international law.