"The importance of enhancing water security at multiple levels is becoming increasingly recognised. However, few studies offer in-depth analysis of the interplay between international law and water security, particularly within a transboundary water context. Through its fresh conceptualisation of security, its artful analytical framework, and rich case studies, this book therefore stands out as a major contribution to the water security discourse." - Alistair Rieu-Clarke, Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, University of Dundee, UK
"...worthwhile reading for legal scholars and water experts alike in its case for contemporary development of international water law (IWL). Of particular value is the transformation of the vague concept of ‘water security’ into a methodological tool, which operationalizes a popular term often used in water policy with little understanding of – or guidance to – its application... While intended for legal scholars, the book is useful for readers of any discipline who welcome the intellectual exercise of grappling with the purpose of IWL and how it can be used to promote meaningful cooperation over freshwater. The book is not for the reader who wants detailed explanations of specific sources of IWL and the technical application of their legal provisions. This however is an overriding strength of the book, which remains accessible to the non-lawyer, while delving deeper intellectually than the traditional legal positivist." - Stephanie Hawkins in Water International (2016)
Bjørn-Oliver Magsig is a research fellow at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Department of Environmental and Planning Law (Leipzig, Germany), focusing on international environmental law, water diplomacy, and the link between natural resources and international security. His research critically assesses the current legal regime of transboundary watercourses against the backdrop of regional security and instability and aims to contribute to the evolving body of public international law. Bjørn-Oliver has extensive project experience on law and transboundary river basins, serves on the Managing Board of the European Environmental Law Forum (EELF) and is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law.