The faculty of Legal Studies and International Relations held a conference on “Egypt’s Water Security: Legal and Political Perspectives” on Thursday, 2 May, 2019. This was held under the auspices of Prof. Mahmoud Mohy El Din, the President of Pharos University; Prof. Hamam Zahran, the Dean of the faculty of Legal Studies and International Relations and Dr. Waleed Fahmy, the faculty Vice Dean. The conference was held in the presence of a number of highly esteemed legal personnel, including:
- Ahmed Abou El Wafa, a professor of International Law at the faculty of Laws- Cairo University.
- Mosaed Abdelati Shtewey, a Judge at the Administrative Prosecution Authority and a member of the Egyptian Association of International Law.
- Mohamed Shawky Abdel Aal, a professor of International Law at the faculty of Economics and Political Sciences- Cairo University.
- Nader Ali Saad El Masry, the Regional Cooperation Officer at the Nile Water Sector- the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation.
- Esaam Ezaat Shalaby, a professor at the Faculty of Agriculture- Alexandria University.
- Amin Mostafa, the Dean of the Faculty of Law – Alexandria University and the moderator of the conference legal session.
- Qadry Mahmoud Ismail, the Dean of the Faculty of Economic Studies and Political Sciences- Alexandria University and the moderator of the conference political session.
The conference addressed a number of major issues; the legal and political perspectives on Egypt’s Water Security, making a reference to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (Al Nahda Dam) (GERD) and its effects on Egypt’s water supply. The conference also tackled the technical and statistical aspects of the issue, the GERD’s negative impact on Egypt’s Nile water share and the peaceful plan of action should be taken to maintain Egypt’s water security.
It is worth mentioning that the conference aims at assessing Egypt’s situation in regard to water allocations, the factors that could impact this situation, putting a strategy to maintain and enhance Egypt’s water resources, shedding light on the government policy in this respect and exchanging opinions of the best way to face these challenges and providing the legal documents that support Egypt’s situation.