The Right(s) to Water
Title: The Right(s) to Water
Author: THIELBÖRGER, Pierre
Citation: Florence, European University Institute, 2010
Series/Number: EUI PhD theses; Department of Law
As indicated in the title, 'The Rights to Water', this thesis will argue that one self-standing, comprehensive and legally-binding human right to water does currently not exist on the international level. However, it is important to note, that this is not the same thing as stating that 'there is no human right to water'. It is simply to say that this human right does not meet some of the characteristics of many other human rights (in particular: self-standingness, comprehensiveness and legalbindingness) all at once. The research question will be addressed in three steps. A first analytical part will examine the present status of the right to water in international, European and domestic law. A second, theoretical part, will scrutinize whether and in which form it is even conceptually possible and meaningful to consider water as the object of a distinct human right. Finally, a third, applied part will consider how concrete reforms and developments can improve the effectiveness of the right in practical terms, if accepted. Only by considering the right to water in its legal, philosophical and practical context can the present status and future potential of the right to water be addressed fully.
LC Subject Heading: Civil rights -- European Union countries; Right to water -- European Union countries
Defense date: 15/12/2010; Examining Board: Philip ALSTON (New York University School of Law), Catarina DE ALBUQUERQUE (UN Independent Expert, Lisbon), Ernst-Ulrich PETERSMANN (Supervisor, EUI), Martin SCHEININ (EUI)
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