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The Human Right to Water in a Time of Scarcity

Noah Novogrodsky

Noah Novogrodsky, University of Wyoming
Jason Robison, University of Wyoming
Bryan Shuman, University of Wyoming

Publication Date: 2018
Department: College of Law and Department of Geology & Geophysics 
Location: Chile 
Team: Novogrotsky, Robison, and Shuman will meet with academic colleagues and governmental officials in Chile (as well as doing site visits).

Research Question
What insights and lessons for transboundary water law and policy can be gleaned from the Silala River case (Chile v. Bolivia) currently before the International Court of Justice?

Stemming from what is perhaps the most significant international water law case across the globe at this time, this research will enhance existing knowledge regarding the composition and implementation of transboundary water allocation and governance institutions—a particularly salient subject during the era of climate change.

Methods Used
Primary source review (Chile v. Bolivia case file), interviews (academic colleagues and Chilean governmental officials), and site visit to Silala River Basin.  

The ultimate goal of this research project is to publish the seminal article written on the Silala River case and to do so roughly contemporaneously with the International Court of Justice’s resolution of the proceeding. This initial trip will generate valuable research for this endeavor and lay the groundwork for subsequent endeavors by our team.

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