International law developments on the sharing of Blue Nile waters

Yihdeo, Zeray and Rieu-Clarke, Alistair (2017) International law developments on the sharing of Blue Nile waters. In: The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the Nile Basin: Implications for Transboundary Water Cooperation. Taylor & Francis, pp. 61-89. ISBN 9781138064898

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The principle of fairness operates alongside lofty principles of international law, such as equity and justice. However, these concepts often face criticism for being too vague to shed any meaningful light on the practical interpretation and implementation international law within specific fields. By analysing the cooperation between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on the Blue Nile, this paper seeks to examine such criticism. The chapter suggests that the concept of fairness does have value as a framework for analysing both commitment and compliance in international law, and that exploring specific contexts, such as legal developments related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and relevant (legal) instruments, helps give it an objective and normative meaning. The chapter will also show how the realization and compliance with principles of (international) law such as the fairness principle require an input from other disciples – in this chapter’s case, the input from economics and hydrology have been used to try to objectively determine distributive justice as one crucial element of fairness.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: M100 Law by area
M200 Law by Topic
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
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Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2019 14:48
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 14:01

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