Water Law module (LW52141)

Learn about transboundary and national water law. This includes water rights, water quality, water resource management, water security, and water services

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Water law refers to the set of legal principles and regulations that govern water resources' rights, usage, and management. It is used to define rights to water access, allocation, and distribution. It also addresses pollution, conservation, and sustainability concerns. Water law varies globally due to regional water availability and cultural factors.

Understanding water law is vital to ensure equitable access, sustainable usage, and protection of water resources. It prevents conflicts, supports environmental conservation, and promotes responsible development.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • look at the management of transboundary waters. This includes the United Nations (UN) and regional frameworks
  • learn about resource management within states. This includes water governance and working with stakeholders. It also includes the allocation of water to users, and the regulation of water pollution and water quality
  • look at the provision of drinking water and wastewater services
  • explore related areas in the topic. These include water resource management, climate change, and water security
  • look at the links to policy and science and to other specialist areas of law. Other areas include environmental law, climate change law, natural resources law, and human rights law

Assignments / assessment

  • written assignment
  • formative coursework

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

  • lectures
  • student-led seminars
  • independent study


This module is available on following courses: