In May, 1997, the United Nations General Assembly
adopted the Convention on the Law of the Non-
Navigational Uses of International Watercourses, a treaty
that largely codifies the general principles of
international water law. While not entirely free from
controversy, the Convention has already been influential
and will doubtless continue to be well into the 21st
century. This paper provides an overview of the
Convention, comments on some of its salient provisions,
and considers its future influence.