Monday, June 04, 2001

INTERNATIONAL WATERCOURSES LAW FOR THE 21st CENTURY

With Special Reference to the River Ganges Basin
4-5 June 2001

PROGRAMME TIMETABLE -- 4 JUNE 2001
10.00-10.30 Registration and Coffee
Morning Session: Chair, Professor Surya Subedi, Middlesex University
10.30-10:35

Opening by Professor Michael Driscoll, Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University
10.35-10:45

Welcome by Professor Surya Subedi, Middlesex University
10.45-11.00 Key Note Speech by Professor Philippe Sands, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London: "International Watercourses Law in the 21st Century and the River Ganges Basin"
11.00-11.20

"Problems and Prospects for co-operation between the Riparian States of the River Ganges Basin", by Professor B. S. Chimni, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
11.20-11.40

Discussion
11.40-12.00 Coffee Break
12.00-12.20

"The View of the Civil Society on the Law and Policy of the Riparian States of the River Ganges Basin", by Mr. Ajaya Mani Dixit, Nepal Water Conservation Foundation, Kathmandu.
12.20-12.40

"The Experience of the Rhine River Basin", by Professor Andre Nollkaemper, University of Amsterdam
12.40-13.00

Discussion
13.00-14.00 LUNCH
Afternoon Session: Chair, Professor Jeremy Cooper, Middlesex University, London
14.00-14.20

"The Legal Regime of Nepal concerning the Utilization of Water Resources", by Mr Surya Nath Upadhyay, Former Secretary in the Ministry of Water Resources, Kathmandu.
14.20-14.40

"Utilization of Water Resources and Prevention of Pollution of Water in India", by Professor Bharat Desai, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
14.40-15.00

"The Law and Policy of Bangladesh concerning the Utilization of her Water Resources", by Mr. Humayun Kabir, Senior Research Fellow, Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Dhaka.
15.00-15.20

Discussion
15.20-15.40 Coffee Break
15.40-16.20

"The 1997 UN Convention on International Watercourses Law and Freshwater Resources Problems of the World", Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Queen Mary College, University of London and Professor Gerhard Loibl, Universitat Wien, Austria.
16.20-16.40

Discussion

PROGRAMME TIMETABLE -- 5 JUNE 2001
9.30-10.00 Registration and Coffee


Morning Session: Chair, Mr Stephen Homewood, Principal Lecturer, Middlesex University.
10.00-10.20

"The Experience of the River Mekong Region", by Ms Bantita Pichyakorn, Researcher, Bangkok, Thailand.
10.20-10.40

"Problems and Prospects of Water Sharing between India and Bangladesh", by Mr Anjan Datta, Centre for Environment and Geographical Information Systems, Dhaka.
10.40-11.00 "International Law and the Legal Regime of the River Ganges Basin", by Professor Surya Subedi, Middlesex University.
11.00-11.20

Discussion
11.20-11.40

Coffee Break
11.40-12.00 "The Way Forward for the River Ganges Basin", by Mr Ramaswamy Iyer, Winrock International, New Delhi.
12.00-12.20

"Proposals for the Sustainable Use and Management of the Water Resources of the River Ganges Basin", by Professor B. S. Chimni, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
12.20-12.40

Discussion
12.40-13.00 Concluding Remarks, by Professor Surya Subedi, Middlesex University
13.00-14.00

LUNCH
14.15

VIDEO
PANI (Water), by Ms Sushma Joshi, Kathmandu, Nepal. A documentary about water in Nepal, made in conjunction with IRC Netherlands and Nepal Water for Health.