Masters week – Water Rights: Power and Protection

Date: 6th March 2019
Time: 08:30-10:00
Venue: Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31

In this Master’s week breakfast seminar, Sara Ekblom and Mathilde Thorsen will present their research related to the right to water. Both Masters theses were written in connection with the LawTransform project Elevating water rights to human rights: Has it strengthened marginalized peoples’ claim for water?

In her thesis, Recognized but not Protected? The Human Right to Safe Drinking Water & Protection of Foreign Investments in Water Utilities, Sara Ekblom 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 privatized water utilities protection against regulatory changes. The primary focus is on the gap between arbitral Tribunals recognition and enforcement of the human right to water. Read more and access the whole thesis here. 

Mathilde Thorsen wrote her thesis on Water & Power: Has the elevation of the right to water to an independent human right strengthened opportunities for those that have their rights violated in India? In her thesis, she explains the development of the international human right to water, and how this has affected opportunities for those that have their rights violated. Her thesis applied a theoretical framework based on social mobilization and lawfare to investigate how the development of the right has affected opportunities for those that have their rights violated in India. Read more and access the whole thesis here.

Their presentations will be followed by a joint discussion with researchers from the water rights project: Jackie Dugard (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg) and Siri Gloppen (UiB/LawTransform). The discussion will be chaired by Lara Côrtes (LawTransform/CMI).

Croissants and coffee will be served. The event is free and all are welcome to attend!

Illustration by Kelsey King.