Interstate Disputes over Water Rights, American Journal of International Law (AJIL) Unbound by Symposium, Vol. 115, Cambridge University Press, 2021

Commissioned by the American Society for International Law, this compilation of essays focuses on the role and relevance of international water law for peacefully resolving disputes over transboundary freshwater resources. Taken together, the essays provide an impressive breadth of approaches, from close examination of contemporary disputes over transboundary freshwater resources to the interpretation and application of international water law norms and principles, all covering the perspectives of scholars from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

The compilation includes the following:

  • Introduction to the Symposium on Interstate Disputes over Water Rights, by G. Eckstein & J. Salzman;
  • International Water Law Principles in Negotiations and Water Diplomacy, by S. Schmeier;
  • National Sovereignty Versus Transboundary Water Cooperation: Can You See International Law Reflected in the Water? by F. Sindico;
  • Equitable and Reasonable Utilization and the Obligation against Causing Significant Harm: Are they Reconcilable? by Salman M.A. Salman;
  • Prior Notification and Water Rights, by M. Tignino;
  • Institutional Mechanisms for Preventing and Resolving Cross-Border Water Disputes, by D. R. Ziganshina;
  • International Law for Transboundary Aquifers: A Challenge for our Times, by G. Eckstein.

The essays are available online, at