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Xayaburi Dam: How Laos violated the 1995 Mekong Agreement

This report challenges the claim of the Laos Government that the Xayaburi Dam fully complied with the Mekong Agreement. The authors examine the language of the Mekong Agreement in detail. They also examine: (i) the historical record of the negotiations that describes what the parties intended when they drafted the Agreement; and (ii) international law that describes the meaning of the words that were carefully placed in the Agreement. In doing so, the authors conclude that Laos has misinterpreted the Mekong Agreement and failed to comply with several key provisions.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Irrigation and water management
  • Rivers and lakes
  • Water resources
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Copyright Unclear copyright
Version / Edition 1.0
License unspecified
Author (individual) Herbertson, Kirk
Publisher International Rivers
Publication date 2013
Date uploaded June 10, 2015, 09:59 (UTC)
Date modified November 16, 2018, 08:01 (UTC)