The Right to Water in National Constitutions – Master’s Week 2021

Date: 8 March 2021
Time: 15:00-16:00
Venue: Zoom

#Master’s Week 2021

Water constitutes the foundation of human life. In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 64/292 recognising the Human Right to Water and Sanitation. Subsequently, constitutionalisation of the Water and Sanitation rights has proliferated, and 31 countries have now constitutionalised the right to water and sanitation.

In this Master’s Week webinar Mathea Loen (UiB/LawTransform) will present her thesis which studies the development of an international norm on the human right to water and sanitation, its diffusion to national constitutions, and the connection and dynamics of the human rights development at national and international level. The thesis examines the development of human rights language in international law and national constitutions over time, and studies in detail the constitutionalisation of the right to water and sanitation in Kenya.

Mathea’s presentation will be followed by a discussion with Inga Winkler (Columbia University) and Jackie Dugard (CMI/University of the Witwatersrand). Moderated by Lara Côrtes  (LawTransform).

Mathea Loen is a PhD Student at Center for Research on Discretion and Paternalism and the Department for Administration and Organization Theory (University of Bergen). Mathea’s research interests include human rights, social norms and networks, public opinion, and public discourse, specifically in relation to children’s rights, child protection and family values in Europe.

Inga Winkler is a lecturer at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. Her research agenda is held together by her interest in socio-economic rights, development, gender, social justice and substantive equality. Current research projects focus on the Sustainable Development Goals and human rights, the UN Special Procedures, menstrual health and wellbeing, and the human right to sanitation.

Jackie Dugard is an associate professor in the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and a Associated Senior Researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute. With a background in social sciences and law, Jackie is a human rights activist and scholar, and has published widely on the role of law and courts in social change, as well as on socio-economic rights, access to courts, protest and social movements.

Lara Côrtes is a Brazilian lawyer currently working as a researcher for the projects Elevating Water Rights to Human Rights and PluriLand. Lara is also a coordinator at LawTransform. Her working experience from Brazil includes the public sector, academic publishing, and seven years as a practicing lawyer.