The status of the UN Watercourses Convention: does it still hold water? Academic Article uri icon


  • When the UN General Assembly adopted the Watercourses Convention in 1997, it was heralded as a major milestone in the evolution of international water law. Yet, more than 20 years later and five years since it came into force, enthusiasm for the instrument appears to have waned. Based on patterns in the UNGA vote and assorted ratifications, and statements of various delegates to the UN’s International Law Committee, Sixth Committee and General Assembly, positions on the convention’s text are explored to uncover possible reasons for its diminishing appeal. Other externalities are also considered in terms of the convention’s viability.

published proceedings

  • International Journal of Water Resources Development

altmetric score

  • 8.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Eckstein, G.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Eckstein, Gabriel

publication date

  • January 2020