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The Centennial of the Boundary Waters Treaty: A Century of United States–Canadian Transboundary Water Management
Wayne Law Review (2008)
  • Noah D Hall
Abstract

The Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 has now provided the foundation for transboundary United States-Canadian water management for a century. During the one hundred years that the Boundary Waters Treaty has been in place, both the law and the world in which the law operates have changed dramatically. Some of the most relevant and significant changes have been several fold increases in population and thousand fold increases in gross domestic product in North America with correlating increased environmental impacts, the growth of international law and governance institutions, the emergence of modern environmentalism and the resulting creation of domestic and international environmental law, and most recently globalization and new economic trade laws. Despite all of this, the Boundary Waters Treaty has remained totally unchanged, never altered or amended in any way. Yet it continues to be as important and relevant as it was in 1909, and perhaps more so.

Keywords
  • Great Lakes,
  • Canada,
  • Boundary Waters Treaty,
  • Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
Publication Date
2008
Citation Information
Noah D Hall. "The Centennial of the Boundary Waters Treaty: A Century of United States–Canadian Transboundary Water Management" Wayne Law Review Vol. 54 (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/noahhall/15/