MOOC n°3 - International Water Law


The Geneva Water Hub is proud to co-organise MOOC n°3 - International Water Law. It strengthens the Geneva Water Hub’s offer in free open online courses alongside the one on Water Management and Policy and Ecosystem Services: A Method for Sustainable Development. The ultimate objective being  to deliver a combined certificate on natural resources and water governance under the Coursera umbrella.

During the last decades, international law has experienced major developments in order to take into account the multifaceted nature of freshwater management and protection. Adopting universal, regional and river-basin tools stresses the importance of studying the evolution of international regulations concerning water and identifying the main principles in this area. Therefore, this course aims at providing the foundations required to understand and examine the regulation that applies to transboundary freshwater, especially to rivers, lakes and aquifers; It presents the principles and legal standards governing the use, the sharing, the management and protection of these resources. The MOOC is composed of 5 modules that can be visualized in any order since they each address a different theme. However, the order of the modules follows a defined educational logic and helps understand the MOOC for people who are not familiar with the topic. An evaluation quiz accompanies each module. The MOOC will follow a unique path resulting in a certificate for the learners with an average of over 80% on the quizzes.

This course is funded by the Global Programme Water of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Course objectives:

  • Describe the issues regarding the regulation of transboundary freshwater;
  • Explain the evolution of international regulations relating to transboundary freshwater;
  • Recall and interpret the principles and rules governing the regulation of water resources;
  • Understand the role of the mechanisms of dispute settlements related to transboundary waters in the development of freshwater international law (or to understand the role of international courts and courts in the resolution of freshwater conflicts).


This MOOC is developed by the members of the Platform for International Water Law of the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva. Various international practitioners have contributed to it. The course is funded by The University of Geneva, the Geneva Water Hub and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

This MOOC is now available on the Coursera platform only in French. You can view the official trailer below: