Freshwater as a phenomenon in international law is notoriously multifaceted. Water appears as a public good, and also as an economic good; it appears as a human right and also as a state’s right; it is susceptible to the principle of sovereignty over natural resources and it appears also – against all odds– in the common heritage discourse.
At the level of practical application there are the different usages of water according to well-tried lists (including domestic use, food production, industry, hydropower), and multiple legal regimes applying to, or designed for, one or more of these usages. The combination of variables yields a fantastically wide-ranging picture, both in legal substance and procedure. The project focuses on points of intersection between water usages, doctrinal categories and normative regimes.
Regarding the aspects of natural resources and human rights, the present project is linked to that of Corina Heri The Emerging Human Rights of Peasants