International watercourses: implications of the right to water

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International watercourses law: implications of the right to water

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Professor Stephen McCaffrey, Faculty of Law, McGeorge University

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26 Nov 2008

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Summary

It seems obvious that there must be a human right to water, a substance without which life is not possible. Yet what does this mean in an international setting? Human rights law protects the individual against his or her government, not against actions of the governments of other states. Thus for instance if an individual’s government fails to ensure access to adequate water that would generally constitute a human rights violation. Yet if the same lack of access is due to the actions of the government of another state does that other government bear any responsibility toward the individual? This paper will explore that question, after reviewing the support for a right to water in the law of international watercourses.

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