New publication (2013): Water Law and Cooperation in the Euphrates-Tigris Region: A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approach

Edited by Aysegül Kibaroglu (Okan University), Adele J. Kirschner (Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law), Sigrid Mehring (German Agency for International Cooperation – GIZ) and Rüdiger Wolfrum (International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea), Water Law and Cooperation in the Euphrates-Tigris Region: A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approach builds on the increased attention for international water governance questions in the UN International Year of Water Cooperation (2013) to evaluate various management issues related to the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, with particular attention to the legal governing framework.

Alongside contributions by legal scholars from the respective riparian countries on the national water law, the book offers a unique interdisciplinary perspective on political, hydrological and environmental aspects of water management in the region. Additionally, the overall legal implications of water sharing and water resource management are addressed analyzed, in a critical overview. Finally, Water Law in the Euphrates-Tigris Region: A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approach serves as a comprehensive analysis of modern water law in its inclusion of comparative studies of legal and institutional aspects of water management systems in other international river basins.

The book has been published by Martinus Nijhoff Publishers and may be ordered online at


Table of contents

Notes on the Contributors

Part I: International Water Law: Overview

Chapter 1: A Survey of Challenges and Trends in the Context of International Water Law
Rüdiger Wolfrum / Adele J. Kirschner

Chapter 2: International Groundwater Law in the Euphrates and Tigris Region
Kerstin Mechlem

Chapter 3: Governing International Watercourses: Implications of the Human Right to Water
Pierre Thielbörger

Part II: The Use of Waters of the Euphrates and Tigris

Chapter 4: Transboundary Water Relations in the Euphrates and Tigris Region
Aysegül Kibaroglu

Chapter 5: Sharing and Protecting the Euphrates and Tigris: Legal Status Quo
Adele J. Kirschner / Katrin Tiroch

Chapter 6: Advantages of Marketable Water Rights in the Euphrates and Tigris Basin
Evin Wick

Chapter 7: Dams on Euphrates and Tigris: Impact and Regulation Through International Law
Nicolas Bremer

Chapter 8: Hydrology
Dr. Johannes Cullmann

Part III: Comparative Analysis of National Water Laws in the Euphrates and Tigris Region and European Union Water Law

Chapter 9: Water Law in Iraq: The Present Model for Water Resources Protection
Yadgar Kamal Ahmmad

Chapter Chapter 10: Water Management Laws in the Syrian Arab Republic
Rana Kharouf-Gaudig

Chapter 11: Legal Context in Water Management Policy in Turkey: Evolution of a Complex Framework in Three Stages
Vakur Sümer

Chapter 12: EU Water Law and its Relevance for the Euphrates and Tigris Region
Ulrich Beyerlin

Part IV: International Experience from other Regions of the World: Comparative Perspectives

Chapter 13: Procedural System of Transboundary Water Cooperation in the Aral Sea Basin
Dinara Ziganshina

Chapter 14: The Jordan River: Legal and Institutional Aspects
Marwan Haddad

Chapter 15: The Amazon River Basin: Features, History and Legal Framework
Lilian Del Castillo-Laborde

Chapter 16: International Cooperation to Protect the Rhine River: Lessons to be Learnt for the Euphrates and Tigris Region? Katrin Tiroch

Chapter 17: Sovereignty Revisited – Examining the Rules of International Law that Govern Transboundary Water Resources with a Focus on Upstream/Downstream State Practice – Possible Lessons Learned for the Euphrates-Tigris
Patricia Wouters