International Law Explained in Operational Terms
Authors: Kang, K.
Publisher: Bournemouth University Law ReviewAbstract:
The question of ‘what is valid law’ is perhaps one of the most important questions for a lawyer. The problem with this question is that it rarely provides clear, concrete answers. Take the example of the upstream-downstream paradox from transboundary rivers where international lawyers are often employed to secure the national interests of states. In these circumstances, the upstream state traditionally advocates for the free utilisation of water within its territory, while the downstream state advocates for the waters full continued flow.  Such conflicting expectations raise the difficult question: how can the upstream-downstream paradox be best managed?