Preamble / Objectives (Optional):
This course helps understand the challenges and opportunities associated with managing
transboundary water resources and also in building capacity in hydro negotiations. The course
introduces the basic concepts of transboundary waters along with the water dispute/war debates.
Transboundary negotiation, cooperation, conflict prevention and mitigation are discussed using
analytical frameworks developed to understand the conflict-cooperation relation. The course will
also examine the international laws and how legal principles and rules can promote water
interaction and cooperation. Furthermore, contemporary issues related to transboundary water
conflict and cooperation will be discussed using case studies from South Asian river basins.
Course Content/ Syllabus (as a single paragraph if it is not containing more than one subject. Sub-topics/ Sections may be
separated by commas(,). Topics may be separated by Semi-Colons(;). Chapters may be separated by Full-Stop(.). While
starting with broad heading, it may be indicated with Colon symbol before the topics. For example: Multi-variable Calculus:
Limits of functions, Continuity, …… )
Political Economy of Transboundary Waters: Food, energy, water and livelihood security
asymmetric endowment and asymmetric power, hegemony and critical hydro politics, dynamics
of sovereignty, cooperation, continuum and conflict conflagration, principles of benefit sharing;
Hydro Diplomacy and Negotiations: Public and popular, bilateral vs. multilateral, two track vs.
multi-track, cross-border civil society networking; International Water Law and Transboundary
Institutions: Concepts, evolution and development of international water law, international
treaties and conventions, water law regime; Trans-boundary River Management in South Asia;
Conflict and cooperation, environmental, socio-economic and geo-political issues, basin
approach and augmentation Issues.
Books (In case UG compulsory courses, please give it as “Text books” and “Reference books”. Otherwise
give it as “References”.
Texts: (Format: Authors, Book Title in Italics font, Volume/Series, Edition Number, Publisher, Year.)
References: (Format: Authors, Book Title in Italics font, Volume/Series, Edition Number, Publisher, Year.)
1. Jeroen Warner & Rein de Man, Powering hydro-diplomacy: How a broader power palette can deepen our understanding of water conflict dynamics, Vol. 114, pp. 283- 294, Environmental Science and Policy, 2020
2. Medha Bisht, From the Edges of Borders: Reflections on Water Diplomacy in South Asia, Vol. 21, Issue 6, pp.1123 – 138, Water Policy, 2019
3 Anton Earle, Transboundary Water Management: Principles and Practice, Earthscan, 2013
4 Naho Mirumachi, Transboundary Water Politics in Developing World, Routledge, 2015
5 Christina Leb, Cooperation in the Law of Transboundary Water Resources, University Press, Cambridge, 2013
6 Mark Zietoun, and Jeroen Warner, Hydro-hegemony–a framework for analysis of trans-boundary water conflicts, Vol. 8, pp. 435-460, Water Policy, 200
Academic Complex Block F Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati Guwahati, Assam, 781039 India