Roundtable: Water disputes: how to prevent and solve them?
Tuesday, 3 December 2019

The prevention of water disputes and their effective resolution when they arise is a concern shared at the local, regional and universal levels. What are the means for avoiding water disputes? Can the rule of law play a role in this context? When a dispute crystallises, what are the best methods - be they diplomatic, judicial or institutional - for solving them? How can the prevention of water disputes be integrated in international diplomacy? What is the role of the Implementation Committee of the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses in this context? These and other questions will all be tackled.

  • Chair: Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva and Co-Director of the CIDS; Member of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace, Geneva Water Hub.

  • Valentin Zellweger, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations.

  • Stephen McCaffrey, Carol Olson Endowed Professor of International Law, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific and former Special Rapporteur of the International Law Commission on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses.

  • Ximena Fuentes Torrijo, Ambassador and Director of National Directorate of Borders and State Boundaries (DIFROL), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chile; Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Universidad de Chile.

  • Attila Tanzi, Full Professor, Department of Legal Studies, University of Bologna and Chair of the Implementation Committee of the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes; Associate Member, 3VB Chambers, London (UK).

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A cocktail will be served after the conference. 


Registration Date

Registration before
Tuesday, 3 December 2019 at 12:00


Maison de la Paix
Auditoire Ivan Pictet B
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A
1211 Geneva 1