International Law on Water, Fisheries, and Indigenous Rights
This 1-unit course surveys the main sources of international law pertaining to water, fisheries and indigenous rights. In terms of water, these sources of international law include the United Nations Watercourses Convention, the United Nations Espoo Convention on Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment, the 1944 Mexico-United States Waters Treaty on the Colorado River and the Rio Grande, and decisions of the International Court of Justice. In terms of fisheries, these sources of international law include the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the United Nations Agreement on Highly Migratory and Straddling Fish Stocks, the Canada-United States Pacific Salmon Treaty and the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). In terms of indigenous rights to water, fisheries and natural resources, these sources of international law include 1989 Convention on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples, the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the 2003 Indigenous Peoples Water Declaration. There will be a two-hour final exam and a short (3-page) written assignment based on readings assigned for the class and an in-class exercise.