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This legal briefing note, the first of a series on the Xayaburi dam project, aims to promote discussion among Mekong Legal Network members about potential legal strategies to ensure that regional decision-making on Mekong mainstream dams is done in accordance with international environmental laws and standards. The note focuses on the notification, prior consultation and assessment requirements that should precede any mainstream dam construction. Laos' potential legal liability for unilaterally proceeding with dam construction is discussed. The author then examines the need to conduct a transboundary environmental assessment.

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Document type Issue and policy briefs
Language of document
  • English
Short title (alternative/varying form of title) MLN Legal briefing note: Duties of notification, prior consultation, and assessment arising from international law in relation to the Xayaburi dam project in northern Lao PDR
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Legal education for professionals
  • Legal framework
  • Water policy and administration
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
  • Viet Nam
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Thailand
  • Myanmar
  • China
Copyright Unclear copyright
Version / Edition 1
License unspecified
Author (corporate) Mekong Legal Network
Publisher Mekong Legal Network
Publication date 2011
Pagination 9 p.
Date uploaded May 29, 2015, 02:12 (UTC)
Date modified June 22, 2015, 08:12 (UTC)