Brill Research Perspectives, International Water Law

 

A number of researchers and authors face the dilemma of publishing a research outcome that is deemed too long for journal articles and too short for a book. Indeed, most journals impose a limit on the number of words for an article. This limit has been consistently low, ranging from 6,000 to 8,000 words. On the other hand, most reputable book publishers would not consider for publication any manuscript that is less than 100,000 words. This leaves a large area of research product that fits neither the journal’s rules nor the book publishers’ requirements and that is out of reach of readers, which hinders dissemination of the results of such research.

To fill this critical gap, Brill has decided to start a series of journals specifically designed for this kind of research output, Brill Research Perspectives (BRP).

One of the journals under the Series, Brill Research Perspectives, International Water Law, is dedicated entirely, as its title suggests, to international water law. It is intended to be a hybrid journal and reference publication that combines the verification of peer review of journals, the high usage of reference works, and the pedagogy of textbooks. The Journal will be published in four issues per year, each of which comprises a uniquely focused, single monograph of 20,000 to 40,000 words (50 to 100 pages) that provides a comprehensive survey and critical analysis of and commentary on the state of scholarship for a given topic and includes an executive summary and a comprehensive bibliography. The Journal is intended for international water law professors, researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and practitioners.

Issues can be updated periodically by authors to revitalize commentary and to ensure currency of information, analysis, and citations. Each issue is assigned both a DOI and an ISBN, and both online and print (paperback) subscriptions will be available; single issues will also be available for purchase.

The Editorial Board of the Journal consists of Dr. Salman M. A. Salman, as the Editor-in-Chief, and Professor Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Professor Gabriel Eckstein, Professor Makane Mbengue, Dr. Lilian del Castillo-Laborde, Dr. Alistair Rieu–Clarke, and Dr. Kishor Uprety as Associate Editors. More information on the Journal can be found here.

The target publication date of the first issue of the Journal is early 2016. Manuscripts on all issues related to international water law, particularly regional developments and thematic matters, are welcome. Submissions should be sent to Salmanmasalman@gmail.com or to Jason Prevost at Prevost@brill.com

United Nations Watercourses Convention Enters into Force

United Nations Watercourses Convention Enters Into Force

Landmark global framework on fresh water to improve water security, conflict resolution and cooperation across borders

August 17, 2014—Today the United Nations Watercourses Convention, the first global framework on fresh water and the world’s only global framework for transboundary cooperation endorsed by the General Assembly of the United Nations, officially enters into force.

 

“Our Board has been promoting the Convention because effective transboundary water management furthers peace and promotes cooperation, and is a fundamental element of sustainable development,” said Ms. Uschi Eid, Chair of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation.  “It is high time to have it ratified, and I am satisfied it is going into force now, as we enter a new era of international cooperation defined by the post-2015 development agenda.”

 

Currently, there are 276 transboundary freshwater lake and river basins worldwide, but only 40% are governed by agreements. Where agreements exist, 80% involve only two countries, even though other states may also be part of the watercourse in question. The Convention will standardize one set of criteria for which all countries with international river basins and transboundary waters abide, ensuring more practical management globally. These criteria include defining the subjects that countries should discuss on their shared waters, facilitating the process of transboundary cooperation and holding governments accountable to their own countries and regions.

 

“We have found that we cannot achieve the same level of conservation goals in regions where countries are not cooperating on transboundary water management,” said Lifeng Li, Director of WWF’s global freshwater program. “Nature and wildlife do not respect national borders, and some of the most crucial areas for biodiversity are linked to international rivers and lakes. The UN Watercourses Convention will play an important role in creating a world in which people live in harmony with nature.”

 

Throughout decades of drafts and revisions, international organizations—particularly those focused on conservation—raised awareness, increased understanding and encouraged adoption of the UN Watercourses Convention. In May 2014, Vietnam became the 35th country to ratify, bringing the Convention into force, and several other countries are on the verge of acceding.

 

With a growing population and a resurgence in large-scale hydropower projects, the need for comprehensive and effective arrangements for the equitable and sustainable management of transboundary waters is more vital than ever.

 

“The Convention’s entry into force provides important impetus to further foster much needed cooperation over transboundary waters at the global to local levels,” said Dr Alistair Rieu-Clarke from the University of Dundee Centre for Water Law, Policy & Science.

 

Marie-Laure Vercambre, Director of Green Cross International’s Water for Life and Peace Programme, emphasized the importance of the Convention, saying “Not only will the governance of the largest and best known watercourses be enhanced by the UN Watercourses Convention, but all transboundary basins of a country’s territory will benefit from it, providing a harmonized legal coverage to all those watercourses whom we know will be more and more exploited/utilized/developed”

 

“This is just the beginning. Even as we eagerly move toward the next phase of planning implementation, we encourage other nations to accede to the UN Water Courses convention, thus demonstrating international support and recognition for the importance of adequate, joint management of fresh water,” Vercambre added.

 

For more information about the UNWC, visit http://wwf.panda.org/unwc or http://www.unwatercoursesconvention.org/

 

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About WWF

WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries.  WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. Visit panda.org/news for latest news and media resources.

 

About University of Dundee Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science

The Centre was established in 2006 as the first UNESCO ‘category II’ centre in the UK. Its aim is to find news ways of effectively integrating law, policy and science to address water challenges of the 21st century. The centre seeks to achieve this aim through a wide breadth of research, consultancy, and training activities across the world. For further information, please visit http://www.dundee.ac.uk/water.

 

About Green Cross International:
GCI was founded in 1993 by Nobel Peace Laureate Mikhail Gorbachev and is an independent non-profit and nongovernmental organization advocating and working globally to address the inter-connected global challenges of security, poverty eradication and environmental degradation through advocacy and local projects. GCI is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and has a network of national organizations in 27 countries conducting several local on-the-ground projects in many regions of the world. For further information, please visit: http://www.gcint.org.

 

CONTACTS

David Hirsch, WWF

dhirsch@wwfint.org

 

Dr Alistair Rieu-Clarke, Centre for Water Law, Policy & Science

a.rieuclarke@dundee.ac.uk

+44 1382 386471

 

Marie-Laure Vercambre, Green Cross International

Marie-laure.vercambre@gci.ch

+33 6 80 04 04 81

UN Watercourses Convention enters into force!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On the 19th May 2014 Viet Nam acceded to the UN Watercourses Convention, making it the 35th country to join this global instrument (see here for more details on the relevance of the UN Watercourses Convention to Viet Nam).  This marks the culmination of a concerted process to promote the benefits of the Convention and support its entry into force, which since 2006 has been lead by WWF.  Article 36 of the Convention stipulates that, ‘the present Convention shall enter into force on the ninetieth day following the date of deposit of the thirty-fifth instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession’.  This means that the Convention will enter into force on the 17th August 2014.   Entry into force of this global framework convention that seeks to, ‘ensure the utilisation, development, conservation, management and protection of international watercourses and the promotion of the optimal and sustainable utilisation thereof for present and future generations’, is a significant milestone in the development of international water law.   Hopefully, entry into force, together with the global opening  of the UNECE Water Convention, will lead to growing awareness of the benefits of these global framework instruments, encourage more countries to join them, and go along way to strengthening transboundary governance arrangements across the world.

RECIEL Special Issue on International Water Law online now

A special issue of the Review of European Community and International Environmental Law is no available on-line at -  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/reel.2014.23.issue-1/issuetoc.  Several articles examine the role and relevance of the UN Watercourses Convention in light of recent developments in transboundary water management.

UNECE, UNDP Facilitate Water Cooperation in Chu and Talas Rivers

High-profile meetings between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan are being organized in an effort to bolster cooperation between the two countries over the management of the rivers shared by both states.

UNECE Press Release:

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Kyrgyz authorities have organized meetings aimed at promoting water cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakstan in the transboundary Chu and Talas Rivers.

The meetings took place on 27-28 February 2014, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. On the first day, participants discussed the outcomes of the project on ‘Promoting Cooperation to Adapt to Climate Change in the Chu and Talas Transboundary Basins’ jointly supported by UNECE and UNDP under the framework of the Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC) and funded by Finland. The meeting highlighted the importance of climate-proofing water-related development and ensuring robust water management.

On the second day, participants were presented and discussed the project document for the ‘Enabling Transboundary Cooperation and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in the Chu and Talas River Basins’ to be funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The project under development aims to increase transboundary cooperation on monitoring of water quality and quantity.

read more: http://water-l.iisd.org/news/unece-undp-facilitate-water-cooperation-in-chu-and-talas-river-basins/

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