Class Year


Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

Winter 2005


This book outlines the progression of general international law and specific human rights law in framing a linkage to a human right to water. The authors discuss resolutions and declarations from a variety of conferences and forums, addressing water both as a basic human need and as a right. These include declarations on the Right to Development, the International Year of Fresh Water (2003), the Millennium Development Goals, and the International Decade for Action, “Water for Life” 2005-2015. The authors narrow the book’s focus to the international legal regime on human rights by first exploring the International Bill of Human Rights. They then explore how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights have been applied to water.