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The Human Right to Water: Theory, Practice, and Prospects

Edited by: Malcolm Langford, Anna Russell

ISBN13: 9781108722315
Published: March 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2017)
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In a short space of time, the right to water has emerged from relative obscurity to claim a prominent place in human rights theory and practice.

This book explores this rise descriptively and prescriptively. It analyses the recognition, use and partly impact, of the right to water in international and comparative law, civil society mobilisation and public policy. It also scrutinises the normative implications of the right to water with a focus on challenges and puzzles it creates for law and policymaking.

These questions are explored globally and comparatively within different dynamics of the sector - water allocation, water access and urban and rural water reform - and in conjunction with the right to sanitation. This multi-disciplinary volume reveals the diverse ways in which the right to water has been adopted, but also its limitations when faced with the realities of political economy, political ecology and partly, traditional legal thought.

  • Analyses the rise of the right to water and its normative implications
  • Features multi-disciplinary perspectives from law, politics, economics, anthropology and geography
  • Provides a nuanced analysis of the challenges, opportunities and difficulties with advancing the right to water

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
1. Introduction: the right to water in context Malcolm Langford and Anna F. S. Russell

Part I. Water Allocation:
2. Water allocation, customary practice and the right to water: rethinking the regulatory model Barbara van Koppen
3. Indigenous peoples and the sale of water rights: the case of Chile Domingo A. Lovera Parmo
4. Water for producing food for basic consumption: guaranteed by the right to water or food? Inga T. Winkler
5. Tapping transboundary waters: implications of the right to water for states sharing international watercourses Anna F. S. Russell and Stephen McCaffrey
6. Climate change and the right to water Mac Darrow

Part II. Access to Water and Sanitation:
7. Determining progress on access to water and sanitation: the case of South Africa Jackie Dugard, Malcolm Langford and Edward Anderson
8. Quantifying the affordability standard: a comparative approach Henri Smets
9. Engendering the right to water and sanitation: integrating the lived experiences of women and girls Anne Hellum
10. The human right to sanitation Malcolm Langford, Jamie Bartram and Virginia Roaf
11. Development cooperation and extraterritorial obligations Ashfaq Khalfan
12. Palestine: challenges to progressive realisation in the occupied territory Lara El Jazairi

Part III. Urban Water Reform:
13. Privatisation and the right to water Malcolm Langford
14. Piped water in Jakarta: a political, economic or social good? Nicola Colbran
15. Privatisation and regulatory autonomy: the right to water in international economic law Andrew Lang
16. Bilateral investment treaties and investment arbitration Luke Eric Peterson

Part IV. Rural Water Reform:
17. A poor choice? Public policy, social choice and the human right to water Robert A. Hope
18. Socio-cultural norms, human rights and access to water and sanitation Nandita Singh
19. The right to water and political ecology: Zimbabwe's water reforms Bill Derman and Emmanuel Manzungu
20. The right to water in rural India and drinking water policy reforms Philippe Cullet.