Book chapter

Private Investments and the Human Right to Water

ContributorsTignino, Mara
Published inResearch Handbook on Human Rights and Investments, Editors Y. Radi, p. 468-498
PublisherCheltenham : Edward Elgar
Publication date2018

This chapter examines the relationship between private investments and the human right to water. While States remain the main holders of human rights obligations, the delivery of water services may often be under the control of private actors. This reality complicates the legal landscape pointing out the need to analyse the nexus between States obligations and corporate responsibilities. Through the scrutiny of international and national case-law, the chapter identifies the substantive and procedural obligations of private companies related to the right to water. The initiatives undertaken by the private sector such as the Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard, the CEO Water Mandate and the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol are also used as illustrations of the incorporation of human rights standards in the activities of private companies.

  • Eau
  • Droit international
  • Droits de l'homme
  • Investissements
  • Responsabilité sociale et environnementale
Citation (ISO format)
TIGNINO, Mara. Private Investments and the Human Right to Water. In: Research Handbook on Human Rights and Investments. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar, 2018. p. 468–498. doi: 10.4337/9781782549123.00024
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