The International Law Association Helsinki Rules

Contribution to International Water Law


Although the International Law Association (ILA) was established in 1873, it only turned its attention to the internationally shared water resources in 1954, when its half-century study of the applicable principles and rules of international law thereon began. The first ILA committee assigned to this task was the Rivers Committee, which, after a decade of intensive study and through several resolutions and statements, arrived unanimously at a set of articles reflecting customary international law, known as the Helsinki Rules on the Uses of the Waters of International Rivers.
The Helsinki Rules, approved at the ILA 1966 Helsinki Conference, were soon widely accepted across the Globe as a non-binding authoritative source of international water law. This monograph traces the work of the ILA leading to the Helsinki Rules, analyses the Rules, and identifies their influence on and contribution to the evolution of international water law.

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Slavko Bogdanović, LL.D. (1995) University of Novi Sad, Serbia, independent researcher, served as a member of the ILA Water Resources Committee. He has published monographs and articles on water law and environmental law, including International Law of Water Resources: Contribution of the International Law Association (1954—2000) (Martinus Nijhoff, 2001).
The International Law Association Helsinki Rules
Contribution to International Water Law
Slavko Bogdanović
 Part 1: The Birth of the International Law Association
 Part 2: The Early Years of International Water Law
 Part 3: International Water Law in the 1950s and 1960s
 Part 4: Step-by-Step towards the Helsinki Rules
 Part 5: The Helsinki Conference
 Part 6: The Helsinki Rules
 Part 7: The Influence of the Helsinki Rules
All interested in the law of international water resources, including governmental services, institutes, academic libraries, public libraries, specialists, post-graduate students, and undergraduate students.
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