The New Human Rights to Water and Sanitation

Monday, November 14, 2016 12:10 PM - 1:10 PM

Inga Winkler, Lecturer, Columbia University

The International Bill of Human Rights protects civil, cultural, economic, political, and social rights. How do ‘new’ human rights such as water and sanitation fit into this framework? What factors and which stakeholders have contributed to their emergence? How have they become recognized? Are they really ‘new’ human rights, or new conceptions of existing protections? Through the lens of the human rights to water and sanitation, Ms. Winkler will explore how human rights law develops and what opportunities it presents to impact policy and practice.

This event is the fourth in the Human Rights Institute's 2016­-17 series "Exploring the Transformative Potential of Human Rights," commemorating the 50th anniversary of the two foundational United Nations human rights covenants.