International Regulatory Co-operation: Case Studies, Vol. 3

Transnational Private Regulation and Water Management

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The world is becoming increasingly global. This raises important challenges for regulatory processes which still largely emanate from domestic jurisdictions. In order to eliminate unnecessary regulatory divergences and to address the global challenges pertaining to systemic risks, the environment, and human health and safety, governments increasingly seek to better articulate regulations across borders and to ensure greater enforcement of rules. But, surprisingly, the gains that can be achieved through greater co-ordination of rules and their application across jurisdictions remain largely under-analysed.

This volume complements the stocktaking report on International Regulatory Co-operation: Rules for a Global World by providing evidence on regulatory co-operation in the area of transboundary water management and through the fast development of transnational private regulation. 


Transboundary water management

There are 261 transboundary river basins in the world, representing 45% of the earth’s land area. Nineteen basins cross five countries or more, including the Mekong, the Nile, the Niger and the Rhine. The Danube, for example, flows adjacent to, or through 18 countries. In Europe alone, 20 countries rely on neighbouring countries for more than 10% of their water resources and five European countries draw 75% of their water resources from upstream countries. This case study focuses on modes of international regulatory co-ordination in water governance, specifically in managing river basins that cross national boundaries for non-navigational purposes.


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