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The Human Right to Water

A Legal Comparative Perspective at the International, Regional and Domestic Level

Book | 1st edition 2015 | United Kingdom | Jimena Murillo Chavarro

This book summarises the history of the human right to water and examines its main content and the obligations that derive from this right. The main purpose of the recognition of the human right to water is to guarantee to everyone access to sufficient, safe and affordable drinking water to satisfy personal and domestic uses. This book discusses whether the human right to water is recognised as a derivative right or as an independent right at three levels – at universal, regional and domestic – where human rights are recognised and enforced. At the domestic level a case study approach has been used with focus on Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Colombia.

Freshwater resources are not static; they are constantly flowing and crossing international boundaries. This situation and the relative scarcity of water resources have a direct impact on a state’s capacity to realise the human right to water. The human right to water is examined in a transboundary water context, where the use and management of an international watercourse in one riparian state can directly or indirectly affect the human right to water in another riparian state. For this reason, this book analyses whether the core principles of international water law can be used to contribute to the realisation of the extraterritorial application of the right to water.

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Type of product Book
Format Paperback
EAN / ISSN 9781780682976
Weight 660 g
Status Available
Number of pages xxviii + 382 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Mar 6, 2015
Available on Jurisquare No
Available on Strada Belgique No
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  • Table of Contents
  • Chapter 1. General Introduction
  • Chapter 2. Emergence, Definition and Core Content of the Human Right to Water
  • Chapter 3. Recognition of the Human Right to Water at the International Level
  • Chapter 4. Recognition of the Human Right to Water at the Regional Level
  • Chapter 5. Recognition of the Human Right to Water at the Domestic Level: a Case Study Approach
  • Chapter 6. Extraterritorial Application of the Human Right to Water in a Transboundary Watercourse Context
  • Chapter 7. General Conclusions
  • Bibliography
  • Index