ENHANCED CONTRIBUTION OF INTERNATIONAL WATER LAW TO WATER SECURITY DISCUSSED IN WUHAN
The official launch of the International Water Law Academy took place at the China Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies (CIBOS) at Wuhan University on September 15-16, 2023.
The Academy was established in 2019 and currently has around 60 global affiliates. Prof. Patricia Wouters is the ideological inspiration and the Director of the Academy. In her message at inaugural launch event, she outlined the “new waves” in international water law that require a focus on deeper understanding of communities, cooperation and integrated water law.
In 2020, the Academy introduced its initiative “Charting a Path to Enhanced Transboundary Water Cooperation” aimed to address hard transboundary water challenges through the lens of water law. The event in Wuhan was dedicated to three broad cross-cutting themes: “Water and Peace”, “Water and Climate” and “Water and Sustainable Development”. Speakers noted the role of international water law in these areas and outlined directions for future, including joint studies.
Dr. Dinara Ziganshina, Director of SIC ICWC, member of the Academy, spoke about new tasks for improving legal frameworks in the field of water and climate in general and particularly in Central Asia.
She also reported on the role of the Implementation Committee under the Water Convention at a session organized by the Academy during the 18th World Water Congress in Beijing.