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Undergraduate Course: Water Law and Governance (LAWS10266)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA general overview of the issues surrounding water management and its national and international legal frameworks.
Course description Water resources both in national and international contexts, have been traditionally analysed within the broader framework of environmental governance. However, it is increasingly recognised that water is one of the most important vehicles of the effects of climate change, and environmental pollution. Likewise, water governance is important to realise the human right to water and sanitation, and ultimately it is linked to virtually all sustainable development goals. Some may also argue that water law is an area of international law in its own right.The course intends to explore the main challenges linked to the governance of water resources, as discussed primarily in the context of international law, but will also take into account challenges at the national levels and interactions between national and international law. The course on water law has the following core aims:
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 65 %, Coursework 35 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 10% Class participation «br /»
25% Group presentations«br /»
65% Written Exam
Feedback A formative assessment will be available to all students. Where they can present their group presentations topics and receive feedforward in preparation of the assessment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. substantial background knowledge of the nature and specific characteristics of water resources and of water management, from physical, economic and social perspectives
  2. discuss and reflect on the different forms of ownership of water resources and allocation of water rights (this will be based on the a analysis of different examples from national laws)
  3. in-depth knowledge of the international law related to transboundary water resources
  4. discuss current challenges surrounding the access to ¿ and security of ¿ freshwater resources at the crossroads of different areas of international law - international environmental law (including climate change and biodiversity), international human rights law, and international economic law.
  5. critical understanding of the importance of water resources to the achievement of the SDGs. And will be able to identify the nexus between these objectives and water management.
Reading List
¿ S.C. McCaffrey, et al, Research Handbook on International
Water law (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019).
¿ L. Boisson De Charzournes, et al, International law and freshwater: the multiple challenges(Boisson de Chazournes, Laurence,
Fresh Water in International Law (Oxford University Press, 2013)
(not in library)
¿ E. Weiss, Edith Brown, et al (eds), Fresh Water and International Economic Law (Oxford University Press, 2005) (not in library)
¿ L. Boisson De Chazournes and Salman M. A. Salman,
Water Resources and International Law / Les Ressources en
Eau et le Droit International (Recueil des Cours, 2005)
(not in library)
¿ Caponera, Dante A., National and International Water Law and Administration: Selected Writings (International and National
Water Law and Policy, 2003) (not in library)
¿ Leb, Christina, Cooperation in the Law of Transboundary Water Resources (Cambridge University Press 2013)
Edward Elgar, 2013)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Undertake independent research to identify relevant issues and
literature related to water governance;
2. Use a wide range of legal rules, principles and practice
associated with water governance and other areas of
international law.
3. Review, consolidate and extend knowledge in the area of water
law, governance and management;
4. Deal with complex ethical and legal issues arising out of the governance of water resources.
5. Identify, conceptualise and define the linkages between the rules and practice related to international economic, human rights and environmental law and the management of freshwater.
KeywordsWater management,natural resources,transboundary water,water law,global water governance.
Course organiserMrs Ana Maria Daza Vargas
Course secretaryMiss Robyn Blyth
Tel: (01316) 514550
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