On Friday, March 23, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center and International Security Program hosted a session on preventing and resolving conflicts over freshwater resources shared across national boundaries.

Under the combined pressures of climate change, population growth, rapid urbanization, and greater food demands, many believe that water scarcity, and with it, the potential for international water conflicts, will inevitably increase.


8:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
9:00 a.m. The Role and Limitations of International Water Law
Joseph Dellapenna and Flavia Loures
10:15 a.m. The Role of Treaties and Trusted Third Parties
Kishor Uprety, Charles Lawson, and Russell Frisbie
12:00 p.m. Keynote Address
Aaron T. Wolf, followed by Q&A
1:00 p.m. Conclusion



Joseph Dellapenna
Villanova University
School of Law

Russell Frisbie
Special Assistant
International Boundary and
Water Commission

Charles Lawson
US Secretary
International Joint Commission

Flavia Loures
Senior Program Officer
World Wildlife Fund

Shuja Nawaz
Director, South Asia Center
Atlantic Council

Magnus Nordenman
Deputy Director, International Security Program
Atlantic Council

Kishor Uprety
International Water Law Expert
and Senior Counsel

Aaron T. Wolf
Oregon State University

Related Experts: Magnus Nordenman and Shuja Nawaz