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Protecting Vital Human Water Needs In The Context Of Transboundary River Basins

World Water Congress 2015 Edinburgh Scotland
1. Global challenges for water governance
Author(s): CHRISTINA LEB
PS15.8 WATER GOVERNANCE, LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS
CHRISTINA LEB – MAY 29, 2015

Oral:

Abstract
Outline
  1. Why should we think about this topic?
  2. Overview of the appreciation of water in Human Rights Law
  3. Protection of vital human water needs through international water law
Conclusion
  • Transboundary impacts on the ability of a State to satisfy vital human water needs (e.g. floods)
  • Multiplicity of efforts required (e.g. MDG, SDG, HR, IWL)
  • Different areas of law complement and mutually support each other
  • Human rights law has limited international dimension International water law can fill gaps
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