The Implications of Human Needs for Human Rights-Based Water Allocation

Inga Winkler’s Human Right to Water: Significance, Legal Status and Implications for Water Allocation provides a thorough and well-balanced legal study of the human right to water in international law, as well as a comprehensive overview offering enough background on related issues to assist further research.

The prioritisation of water allocation on the basis of human rights is a major contribution of the book. It restricts human rights-based claims to limited quantities of water and a few selected types of uses. Yet, the prioritisation framework proposed by the author does not solve all water allocation issues and trade-offs. The issue of human needs, that lies at the heart of the conception of the human right to water conveyed by the book, is at the root of the most pressing challenges left open.

This content has been updated on January 9 2015 at 14 h 19 min.