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About the Course

In recent decades, international law has undergone a series of major developments in order to accommodate the many new facets of freshwater management and protection. The adoption of universal, regional and basin instruments highlights how important it is to study the evolution of international water regulations and to be able to identify the main principles in this field. This course aims to provide the necessary background to understand and examine the regulation applicable to transboundary freshwaters especially to rivers, lakes and aquifers. It presents the principles and legal standards that govern the use, sharing, management and protection of these resources. The MOOC is made up of 5 modules. As each module addresses a different theme, they can be viewed in any order. However, the modules do follow a certain pedagogical logic and following in order will be especially helpful to those who are new to the subject. Each module is accompanied by an evaluation questionnaire or quiz. A certificate will be awarded to students who obtain an average of at least 80% in the quizzes. By the end of this course, you will be able to: 1) Describe the issues related to the regulation of transboundary freshwaters; 2) Explain how transboundary freshwater regulations have evolved; 3) Recall and interpret the key principles governing water resource regulation; 4) Understand the role of transboundary freshwater dispute settlement mechanisms in the development of international freshwater law (or to understand the role of international courts and tribunals in the resolution of conflicts) This MOOC was developed by the Platform for International Freshwater Law that is part of the Geneva Water Hub, assisted by the MOOC Team of the University of Geneva. Alongside the researchers and teachers of the Platform, several international experts have also participated. This MOOC is one of three courses supported by the Water Hub Geneva and the University of Geneva. The other MOOCS are "Water Management and Policy" ( and "Ecosystem Services: a method for sustainable development "( The Global Water Program of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has funded this course. This MOOC was originally created in French. It has English subtitles....

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Jul 3, 2020

This coarse will give you a basic overview of Laws and mechanisms to resolve trans-boundary water disputes. Knowledge regarding issues and case studies related to ground water and fresh water.


Mar 18, 2018

This course really helps for all the legal field person specially for those who wish to build their career in ENVIRONMENTAL LAW not only at domestic but at also international level.

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By Spencer P

Jan 8, 2021

This course was awful. It totally in french by the way with just english subtiltes

By Usama Z

Jul 4, 2020

This coarse will give you a basic overview of Laws and mechanisms to resolve trans-boundary water disputes. Knowledge regarding issues and case studies related to ground water and fresh water.

By Mohammad M K S

Aug 9, 2020

should be in english for non native student

By Adeyemi M A

May 27, 2018

It is one of the best training on water management i have attend, it expose me to a lot of information which will improve on my decision making on my job order

By Eugène d G

Jan 20, 2019

I found this course to be so informative and the quizzes at the end of each module, a thorough test of the knowledge acquired.

Well done ! Loved the course.

By Mohamed A M

Oct 15, 2020

The program was very useful, and thanks to everyone who contributed to it

I suggest that the student receive at the end of the program the course materials in pdf

thank you

By Faisal B K V

Jun 16, 2020

I did not understand the language used.


Jun 20, 2023

The International Water Law online certification course exceeded my expectations, offering a comprehensive curriculum that effectively covered the intricate principles and dynamics of international water law. The course was designed to accommodate participants from diverse backgrounds, presenting the content in a structured and accessible manner. Engaging multimedia materials and interactive quizzes brought the subject matter to life, facilitating active participation and enhancing understanding. The instructors' expertise and responsiveness were commendable, and the opportunity to collaborate with fellow participants fostered a practical dimension to the learning process. The course's flexibility and user-friendly online platform added to its convenience and accessibility.

Overall, the International Water Law online certification course provides transformative learning, equipping participants with valuable knowledge and skills to address water-related challenges effectively. I highly recommend this course to professionals in the field of water governance and environmental advocacy.

By Catia E

Mar 21, 2024

It is an amazing course, a fascinating subject, of a crucial importance in particular within the current challenges we Humans have to manage - RE sustainability and climate change and Renewable Energy!!! I am glad I am fluent in French, in this regard it was refreshing to follow a course in French. I learned a lot about international water law, very important for me to understand this as I am interested in the Extractive Industry and Human Rights, often conflicts between business and local communities are or may be triggered by the impact a project may have on access to water by the locals once the project starts - dams, hydropower projects, etc they all may or not depending on how matters are handled limit access to water or change the course of waters to the locals so it is brilliant to learn about international water law with a view to prevent conflict within a Human rights compliance due diligence exercise. Mille Mercis. Les professeurs/Professeures sont tous et toutes excellents/excellentes!!!

By putrevu r

May 28, 2020

It's my longtime ambition fulfilled in acquiring exposure on the international water law and environmental law which is very important in management of Transboundary waterResources . The learning on principles of resolving conflicts on sharing common water resources and governance of Joint Mechanisms such as River basin authority,River Commission or River Boards very useful for developing cooperation and good faith among the riparian states to prevent and resolve water disputes thereby protecting the environment, ecology of the River basin and the riparian rights of human population dependent on the common resource. This knowledge enhances my career opportunities to work in the field of hydropolitics and conflict resolution in sharing common water resources through cooperation.

By Binay K D

Sep 5, 2021

International water law course has added a new dimension to the understanding of the International law. In course of learning the protection and management of Non-Navigational use of transboundary water resource, I have learnt development of international water law through various conventions and judgments of ICJ and tribunals wherein 'right to water' and 'community of interests' are great contributions. Dispute and conflict resolution mechanisms have given greater clarity.

All the faculty members deserves lots of thanks who have developed well structured course for the benefit of global community. Thank you very much COURSERA.

By Adedolapo A

Jan 2, 2020

This is a very illustrative program, for a person such as myself who has had no prior background nor interaction with water law, I found it quite easy to follow the lectures. I felt a genuine effort on the part of the lecturers to pass and create awareness on the applicability of conventions and the roles of basin commissions in the management of global water resources. Every module was relevant and I benefited a great deal in understanding how riparian states resolve disputes that arise from the use of water resources. I will gladly recommend this program to lawyers, global development experts and public administrators

By suha A I S I

Jul 27, 2018

a great insight into a very interesting field that I wish and will further take in my postgraduate studies. Smooth transferring of information, very helpful and important case studies and a very triggering quizzes that requires a full concentration in the presentations provided. On the other hand I found my self very interested in the French language and soon will be taking classes to learn it. Its kind of courses that encourage and in light you in different aspects, its the end of the course but definitely the start for new challenges, Merci beaucoup!


May 8, 2020

First. I would like to thank all the course instructor for the in depth knowledge and the ease of language use throughout the course. The course was very informative and indeed useful for the benefit of the society, human health, ecology and the environment.

If given an opportunity, I will definitely like to a part of any such organisation dealing with water resources and environmental resources, ensuring sustainable development.

Heartfelt thanks once again !

By Fazla Z A

Sep 2, 2020

This course really helps for all the legal field person specially for those who wish to build their career in ENVIRONMENTAL LAW not only at domestic but at also international level. This coarse will give you a basic overview of Laws and mechanisms to resolve trans-boundary water disputes. Knowledge regarding issues and case studies related to ground water and fresh water.


Dec 14, 2018

Je suis passionné du Droit International en toute ses forme. Ce cours que j'ai débuté hier est très intéressant et je compte en tiré beaucoup dedant. Je donne 5 étoile.

Je remercie l'équipe dispensatrice pour le travail qui est fait en amont afin de nous donner cet MOOC. Étant donné que je n'ai pas encore terminé le cours je sais que le meilleur est devant .

By Aimara P C

Dec 24, 2018

Excellent option!! I just wish there were more options to get the tittle for people from underdeveloped countries. For example I come from Cuba, and do not have access to any of the required payment options. But still, I loved learning with coursera, the most important outcome is all the new knowledge, and skills, and for that: no titlle needed!!

By Sarah B

Jul 1, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed this course! Very insightful and quite challenging, so you really have to focus. The tests are fair and require you to think and read carefully. I am only disappointed that I cannot have more in depth discussions with the lecturers on the subject matter! I highly recommend this course, even if only interests' sake!

By Gökçe H A

Jul 26, 2020

I want to thank you to Universitete de Geneva because International Water law is a important field in International law but there is only study in Universitete de Geneva. It was a really great course and easy to understand , I will definetly suggest to my friends.

By Jayantha C J

Jul 27, 2023


First of all I must thank you , all professors, University Geneva and coursea.

Excellent, My knowledge up dated ed with the current situation by expertise of the field of human rights and international water law.

Best Regards

Thank you.

By Emma B

Jun 1, 2020

Great course, explains general facts and terms, and especially of note is the good use of many of the same major case studies and laws throughout so that they are viewed comprehensively by the end of the course!

By Vincent F M

Apr 1, 2018

Excellent MOOC allowing a non-specialist to put one foot in international water law. It is growing the appetite for more course about the "water topic" which is becoming of great concern.

By jaimin j

Mar 19, 2018

This course really helps for all the legal field person specially for those who wish to build their career in ENVIRONMENTAL LAW not only at domestic but at also international level.

By Joseph E

Jun 7, 2020

Great subject, great material on a very important and increasingly actual topic which will be of growing importance as the availability of water becomes increasingly an issue.

By Om D

May 15, 2020

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of International Water Law and the need to protect and efficiently manage transboundary water sources. Highly recommend it !