Distance Learning Course on International Water Law and the Law of Transboundary Aquifers

Are you involved in the implementation of a transboundary water agreement? Register now for the 2021 Edition of the Online Course on International Water Law and the Law of Transboundary Aquifers .

The Geneva Water Hub has opened the registration for the 2021 session of its Online Course on International Water Law and the Law of Transboundary Aquifers which will take place between 11 October and 12 December 2021.

By 2030, approximately 40% of the world's population will be faced with a severe shortage of freshwater. This is likely to create increasing tensions amongst countries sharing water resources and also between different users and uses (irrigation, energy, human consumption and industrial utilizations). The training of qualified professionals to deal with this crisis plays a fundamental role in the equitable, sustainable and peacefully management of this finite natural resource.  
In this context, knowledge of international standards and principles governing the management and protection of freshwater resources is vital to create and implement appropriate legal frameworks to prevent the risk of water-related conflicts and tensions.

The past editions of the Course were a great success and received positive feedback from participants, particularly as regards the high quality of this training. Indeed, 100% of participants of the 2020 edition considered that the course had met their training needs, 100% responded that they were satisfied with this training and, 95% were satisfied with the teaching provided during the course.


Course content and workload

The course has a capacity of only 30 participants and consists of 6 thematic modules. These include the sources of international water law, the principles of international regulation of transboundary water resources, as well as the relationship between international water law and international environmental law, human rights, international humanitarian law, and international economic law.

Participants are expected to invest an average of 12 hours per week in reviewing the content and preparing for assignments, participating in the discussion forums and attending webinars. Participants are closely coached throughout the training by a tutor and receive methodological resources support.

Registrations and scholarship applications

The registration fee for this online training is 900 CHF (about 900 USD). The Geneva Water Hub, with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, offers both partial and full scholarships to candidates from non-OECD countries, and in particular candidates from the least developed countries.

Interested professionals can register or apply for a scholarship until 6 October 2021 here.

For more information on eligibility criteria, consult the brochure below or visit this page.