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The Implementation Committee of the Water Convention (online conference)

Thursday 22 April 2021 from 14:00 - 17:45 GMT (London)

22 April 2021

An online conference organised by UCL with University of Bologna, University of the Pacific and UNECE

About the conference

The Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) is a unique legal and intergovernmental platform which promotes sustainable use of transboundary waters. The Convention’s Implementation Committee, comprising lawyers and water management professionals, provides tailored assistance to facilitate better understanding, implementation and application of the Convention.
The event highlighted the mechanisms available for Committee’s support to the countries, in particular the advisory procedure, which distinguishes the Committee from other similar mechanisms and enables it to engage with countries seeking to resolve water issues in a non-confrontational manner.


  • Catherine Brolmann, Associate Professor of International Law, University of Amsterdam
  • Pedro Cunha Serra, former Water Director of Portugal, Implementation Committee
  • Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Queen Mary University London
  • Alejandro Iza, IUCN Environmental Law Programme
  • Sonja Koeppel, Secretary of the Water Convention, UNECE
  • Péter Kovács, Water Director of Hungary
  • Christina Leb, World Bank
  • Professor Makane Moïse Mbengue, University of Geneva
  • Professor Phillipe Sands, University College London
  • Iulia Trombitcaia, Water Convention, UNECE
  • Sibylle Vermont, Federal Office for the Environment of Switzerland
  • Professor Christina Voigt, University of Oslo, Co-Chair of the Implementation and Compliance Committee of the Paris Agreement
  • Ambassador Ximena Fuentes, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile
  • Dinara Ziganshina, Scientific Information Center of Interstate Commission for Water Coordination in Central Asia; Vice-Chair of the Implementation Committee

Panel chairs:

  • Professor Stephen McCaffrey, University of the Pacific, Implementation Committee of the Water Convention
  • Dr Martins Paparinskis, Reader in Public International Law, University College London; Implementation Committee of the Water Convention
  • Professor Attila Tanzi, University of Bologna; Chair of the Implementation Committee of the Water Convention

View UCL page of the event to see speaker details. Download the full programme here.

Download the bibliography on the Water Convention here