NEWAVE e-Lecture Series: Multi-level water law and policy | Prof. Joyeeta Gupta

December 1, 2020, 16.00 - 16.35

Multi-level water law and politics

This lecture will examine (a) the multi-level drivers of water problems and impacts of water problems; (b) briefly cover the evolution of water law as a means to address water related problems through history; (c) present the transboundary agreements on water; (d) key national to local legal issues; and (e) end with discussing the challenges in future proofing water law.


GEO-6 (2019). Chapter 9. UNEP.

Gupta, J. (2016).The Watercourses Convention, hydro-hegemony and transboundary water issues, The International Spectator, 51(3): 118-131.

Bosch, H.J. and Gupta, J. (2020). Access to and ownership of water in Anglophone Africa and a case study in South Africa. Water Alternatives 13(2): 205-224.

Gupta, J. and S. Schmeier (2020). Future proofing the principle of no significant harm in water and environmental law, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 20(4).


Prof. Joyeeta Gupta 

Joyeeta Gupta is co-chair of UNEP's Global Environment Outlook-6 (2016-2019), published by Cambridge University Press, which was presented to governments participating in the United Nations Environment Assembly in 2019, and was covered in newspapers worldwide. It has just won the Association of American Publishers PROSE award for Environmental Science. She has also just been named as co-chair of the Earth Commission (2019-2021), set up by Future Earth, together with Johan Rockström and Dahe Qin. She is full professor of environment and development in the global south at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research of the University of Amsterdam and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. She is also the Faculty Professor on Sustainability (2019-2024). She leads the program group on Governance and Inclusive Development.

About the e-Lecture Series:

This online training module has the objective to engage the NEWAVESRs and the audience in different water governance perspectives. All lectures are open to the public upon registration.

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