Geneva Water Hub: Massive Online Course (MOOC) on International Water Law now available

International law has experienced major developments in the past decades, which 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 legal frameworks for water resources, and for identifying the main principles in this area. This course aims at providing the foundations required to understand and examine the rules applying to transboundary freshwater resources, especially to rivers, lakes and aquifers; It presents the principles and legal standards governing the use, sharing, management and protection of these resources. The MOOC is composed of 5 modules addressing different themes. The order of these modules follows a defined logic and helps people who are not familiar with the topic to understand the MOOC. 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 quiz.

 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 dispute settlement mechanisms for transboundary waters in the development of international law (including the role of the courts in the resolution of freshwater conflicts).

 Partners :

The MOOC was developed by the Platform for International Water Law, which is part of the Geneva Water Hub.  The course is funded by the Global Water Programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and is supported by the “MOOC’s Cellule” of the University of Geneva. Various international practitioners and experts have contributed to the course. This MOOC is now available at: