Draining International Water Law: Lessons from the Israel–Occupied Palestinian Territory Context

In: Arab Law Quarterly
Ahmed Beshtawi Faculty of Law, An-Najah National University Nablus Palestine

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Gabriela Cuadrado-Quesada Water Governance Department at IHE-Delft, Institute for Water Education Delft The Netherlands

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This article discusses the complexities of International Water Law (IWL) in the Israel Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) context. In the Oslo Accords, Israelis and Palestinians agreed to employ the core principles of IWL in their respective utilisation of shared water resources, in particular, over shared water resources in the West Bank: the principle of equitable and reasonable utilisation of water courses, the principle of no significant harm and the duty of co-operation. This article critically discusses these three principles in the Israel–OPT context and addresses in particular the questions: To what extent these principles are applicable in the Israeli–Palestinian context, and to what extent have they been implemented? The article concludes that there is an evident lack of implementation of such principles which has resulted in adverse effects on Palestinian water rights and have been on the expense of the OPT.

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