International water law has the powerful potential to facilitate cooperation between bordering jurisdictions, resolve disputes, and improve sustainable management and governance of water. Cutting-edge transboundary agreements and institutions, such as the Mackenzie River Basin Agreements and International Joint Commission, offer direction and insight for the next generation of watershed-based agreements.
Our international and transboundary water governance research involves:
- Tracking emerging trends and guiding principles in international water law, and testing their application to Canadian water management and governance;
- Exploring the “global-local” interface of water by using comparative analysis of best practices to understand and promote how legal advances from other jurisdictions might apply in the Canadian context; and
- Investigating key principles and application of law to promote transboundary watershed governance in innovative water agreements and treaty (re)negotiations.