International Earth Day 2020

Catalina Vallejo Piedrahíta, Research Leader for the Natural Resources & Climate Lawfare Unit International days have been established by the United Nations with the aim of raising public awareness of issues of great interest, such as human rights, sustainable development, or health. They also seek to draw the attention of the media and governments to […]

The Human Right to Water in a Global Pandemic

Rebecca Schiel, Bruce Wilson, Malcolm Langford (2020)

LSE Human Rights Blog

This blog post is an output of LawTransform’s project Elevating water rights to human rights: Has it strengthened marginalized peoples’ claim for water?. Water is undoubtedly essential beyond a pandemic, yet globally, three out of ten individuals lack access to safe drinking water (SDG). Populations lacking access to reliable, clean water are at a greater disadvantage […]

Does it Matter: Constitutionalisation, Democratic Governance, and the Human Right to Water

Check out this new publication by Rebecca Schiel, Malcolm Langford, Bruce Wilson– an output of LawTransform’s project Elevating water rights to human rights: Has it strengthened marginalized peoples’ claim for water?. States are urged frequently by the UN, policymakers, and activists to recognise the human right to water domestically. However, does such legal incorporation, often […]

Water scarcity – A global problem

Mathilde Thorsen (2018)

Bergens Tidende

Vannmangel er vårt problem Mathilde Thorsen:25. mars 2018 07:00, oppdatert 23. mars 2018 12:29 I flere uker i starten av året så det ut som om at den sørafrikanske byen Cape Town, som var rammet av den verste tørken på over 100 år, kunne gå tom for vann. Nå har «Day zero», dagen hvor Cape Town skulle gå […]

Recognized but not Protected? The Human Right to Safe Drinking Water & Protection of Foreign Investments in Water Utilities

Sara Ekblom (2018)

Sara Ekblom has written her master’s thesis in law (UiB) on the right to water in investor-State arbitration. The thesis asks how investor-State Tribunals addresses the relationship between the Argentine Governments’ international duty to realize the human right to affordable drinking water through regulation and policy, and its international duty to accord foreign investors in […]

Hvem har ansvaret for å sikre folk vann? 

Mathilde Thorsen (2018)

Bergens Tidende Debatt 19.07.2018

Mathilde Thorsen has written about water rights and the ongoing water crisis in India in Bergens Tidende. The text ask questions regarding who is in charge of securing people water, and call for global cooperation and respect of the human right to water. You can read the full text in Norwegian below or on Bergens […]

Mismanagement of Land in Meghalaya

Kavita Navlani Søreide (2018)

Economic & Political Weekly Vol. 53, Issue No. 29, 21 Jul, 2018

Kavita Navlani Søreide has a new publication regarding land rights in Meghalaya in the newest volume of Economic & Political weekly.   Mismanagement of Land in Meghalaya The recent clashes in Shillong between the indigenous Khasis and the minority Dalit Sikh community, cannot be dismissed as merely communal identity politics at play. The roots of the […]

Right to breathe: The challenge of environmental governance for Delhi

Kavita Navlani Søreide (2017)

IAPS Dialogue: The online magazine of the Institute of Asia & Pacific studies: University of Nottingham

Lawtransform’s Kavita Navlani Søreide wrote an article in IAPS Dialogue about the challenges of environmental governance in Delhi. In November this year, Delhi earned the unenviable position of having the most polluted air on earth.This put the city’s 19 million plus population at a direct health hazard, bringing massive national and international attention to the issue. […]

Collective Litigation of Environmental Rights in Colombia: An Empirical Study

Ángela María Páez-Murcia, Everaldo Lamprea-Montealegre and Catalina Vallejo-Piedrahíta (2017)

Vniversitas. Bogotá (Colombia), n° 134: 209-248, enero-junio de 2017

This paper presents the results of an empirical study that systematized environmental judicial opinions handed down by Colombia’s highest administrative Court —Consejo de Estado— over a 17-year period (1998-2015). Thanks to a research grant, the authors and a team of coders systematized, using state-of-the art content analysis methodologies, more than 250 opinions handed down by […]

Tribal Representation & Local Land Governance in India

Kavita Navlani Søreide (2017)

CMI Working Paper n. 4, 2017

 A case study from the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya In India, the Schedule Tribes have remained on the fringes of growth, but less so in the majority tribal areas of the North East. This has increased the interest in the Sixth Schedule, the special constitutional provision relating to these areas, recognising the tribal communities’ rights […]