Diversion of Water from the Meuse Case
|Case Relating to the Diversion of the Water From the Meuse|
|Court||Permanent Court of International Justice|
|Full case name||Case Relating to the Diversion of the Water From the Meuse (Netherlands v. Belgium)|
|Decided||June 28, 1937|
|Judge(s) sitting||José Gustavo Guerrero(President)
Sir Cecil Hurst (Vice-President)
Count Michał Jan Rostworowski
Antonio Sánchez de Bustamante y Sirven
Rafael Altamira y Crevea
Jonkheer van Eysinga
Manley Ottmer Hudson
Diversion of Water from the Meuse Case (Netherlands v. Belgium), P.C.I.J. (Ser. A/B) No. 70. was a judgment of the Permanent Court of International Justice on terms of treaties.
An 1863 treaty between Belgium and the Netherlands regulated water use of the Meuse River to ensure sufficient flow for navigation and irrigation. As the economic use of the river valley developed, increased pressure was placed on the river. In 1937, the Netherlands brought proceedings, alleging that Belgium’s use of the river had expanded beyond the terms of the treaty. Belgium filed counterclaims against expansion projects by the Netherlands.
The Court concluded that the Treaty did not prevent either State from developing the river resources as they had been doing.
- Diversion of Water from the Meuse River Case, at International Water Law Website.