Water law lies at the heart of environmental law due to the cross-cutting nature of the subject matter. Due to the influence of water in the environment there is a need for a dedicated course for understanding the intersectional characteristics of water law and its impact on not only the broader environment but on development itself. Water law is currently a very topical area which will undergo drastic changes over the next decade.
At the end of the course, participants should be able to:
1. Engage in an area at the forefront of water law and apply theories, research methodologies, methods and techniques relevant to water law in a particular context.
2. Interrogate multiple sources of knowledge in an area of specialisation and evaluate knowledge and processes of knowledge production.
3. Appreciate the complexities and uncertainties of selecting, applying or transferring appropriate standard procedures, processes or techniques to unfamiliar problems in water law.
4. Use a range of specialised skills to identify, analyse and address complex or abstract problems drawing systematically on the body of knowledge and methods appropriate to water law.
5. Identify and address ethical issues based on critical reflection on the suitability of different ethical value systems to challenges posed by water law.
6. Critically review information gathering, synthesis of data, evaluation and management processes in water law in order to develop creative responses to problems and issues.
7. Present and communicate academic or professional ideas and texts effectively to a range of audiences, offering creative insights, rigorous interpretations and solutions to problems and issues arising in water law.
8.Operate effectively within a system, or manage a system based on an understanding of the roles and relationships between elements within the system.
9. Apply, in a self-critical manner, learning strategies which effectively address the student's professional and ongoing learning needs and the professional and ongoing learning needs of others.
The short course covers the following:
- The right to water
- State custodianship of water resources
- Statutory water Institutions – Catchment Management Agencies (CMAs)
- The Reserve
- The role of law in the management of water resources
- Water resources and international obligations
- Dams and dam safety
- Water use licensing
- Water use licensing and the water-energy-food nexus
- Ecological infrastructure: Strategic water areas, wetlands, and development
- Statutory duty of care pertaining to water resources
- The Water Tribunal
- Infrastructure, economics and pricing for water services and sanitation
Method of Evaluation
Research assignment and and examination
One of the following certificates can be obtained:
Certificate of Attendance: To obtain a certificate of attendance, students are required to attend and participate in 75% of the lectures.
Certificate of Competence: To obtain a certificate of competence, students are required to attend and participate in 75% of the lectures and to successfully complete the assessments as required in the course.