The Routledge Handbook of Water Law and Policy

It is a pleasure to announce that the book “Routledge Handbook of Water Law and Policy” edited by Alistair Rieu-Clarke, Andrew Allan and Sarah Hendry, is now available online.

08 August 2017

Diego Jara


This book explores the pivotal place of law and policy in efforts to ensure that water provides a basis for sound governance and enables positive responses to challenges such as climate change adaptation, food and energy security, environmental sustainability and the promotion of peace and stability.


Furthermore, this book provides a reference text for all those studying water law, policy, governance and/or management. It reveals progress that has been made in recent decades to strengthen the governance of water resource management at different scales. It also demonstrates the necessity of having ‘effective’ laws and policies for the safe, equitable and sustainable utilization of water, even if that what might constitute an effective law or policy related to water resources management is still debated.


One of the authors of this book is Susanne Schmeier. Since 2014, she has been the coordinator for Transboundary Water Management at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). She works with many different River Basin Organizations (RBOs) and has ample of both academic and practical experience in the management of shared water resources.

 Her research covers a wide of topics from sustainable natural resources governance, transboundary water resources management and RBOs, to institutional change and institutional reform processes, and adaptation to environmental change.  


With this background, Susanne Schmeier contributes deep knowledge and strong expertise for the benefit of this book in Chapter 19 “Joint Institutional Arrangements for Governing Shared Water Resources: A Comparative Analysis of State Practice”.


This Chapter provides an overview of institutional arrangements, RBOs for governing shared watercourses and a comprehensive review of existing research on that matter. It ranges from institutionalized cooperation through RBOs to the design of RBOs, river basin governance mechanisms to RBO effectiveness. Firstly, it explains the reasons of the emergence of institutionalized cooperation. Secondly, it explains the way RBOs are designed and their differences across institutions and regions. Thirdly, it questions the role of RBOs in governing shared water resources in an effective manner. Finally, it outlines newly emerging challenges faced by riparian states to most transboundary basins and the way their RBOs have started addressing them.


If interested please follow this link to the publication online: