Water Law, Peace and Security

16 August 2011 | News story

How can international water law promote regional peace and security? How do international legal frameworks support national decision-making related to transboundary water resources and planning? Who is entitled to use transboundary freshwater resources? How can States use international law to promote hydro diplomacy?

These and many other questions were addressed in 5 intensive days, when water experts from around the world met in Dundee, Scotland for the 2nd Annual International Law and Transboundary Freshwater Workshop 2011. The workshop was organized by the IHP – HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science under the auspices of UNESCO at the University of Dundee. The event offered the ELC an opportunity to meet colleagues from partner organizations such as the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), WWF, and the Centre for Law, Policy and Water Sciences, Dundee University, and explore ways to building stronger linkages and partnerships to promote water governance reform across the world.


This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.