Draft legal framework for shared water resources in the Arab World: is it really needed?

Imad Antoine Ibrahim*

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Attempts to establish a regional water convention covering shared water resources in the Arab world have been ongoing for more than a decade. During this time, a Draft Arab Water Convention has been proposed, and the content of this has been subject to a debate that did not gain much attention at the international level. This article seeks to examine this topic to determine whether such an instrument is really needed in the Arab world. The article highlights the advantages and disadvantages of establishing such a convention, on the basis of which specific recommendations are made.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)512-539
Number of pages28
JournalWater international
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Arab countries
  • Draft Arab water convention
  • Iternational water law
  • Non-Arab countries
  • Shared groundwater
  • Shared surface water

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