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IHE Delft Water & Peace Seminar

21st February 2019 - 22nd February 2019

The Water Diplomacy Team at IHE Delft is pleased to announce that it will organize 2019 Water and Peace Seminar. This seminar will take place on 21-22 February in The Hague area, Netherlands.

About the Seminar

The seminar will focus on the principle of no significant harm and its role in water diplomacy with all its different dimensions. The principle of no significant harm is one of the key principles in international water law pursuant to which riparians must ‘in utilizing an international watercourse in their territories, take all appropriate measures to prevent the causing of significant harm to other watercourse States’. However, the principle has been subject to competing interpretations by different disciplinary, regional or practical backgrounds and its operationalisation, especially for specific basins, remains challenging.

Main Objectives

The seminar intends to be a forum for interdisciplinary and interactive discussions based on your knowledge and expertise, focusing on:

  • the challenges of defining, operationalising, and monitoring the principle of no significant harm from a multi-disciplinary perspective and from both academic and practical angles,
  • the use of the principle by different communities, disciplines and schools of thought and the respective implications for cooperation and sustainable water resources management in different basins, especially in light of different interests and power distributions.

Please note this event is for invited guest only


21st February 2019
22nd February 2019


The Hague