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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Edited by: Ewan McKendrick
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The Human Right to Water: From Concept to Reality

Edited by: Nandita Singh

ISBN13: 9783319402857
To be Published: November 2016
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: Switzerland
Format: Hardback
Price: £86.00

The discourse on the human right to water presents deliberations on the concept, content and rationale for the right, with little attention to the practical question of translating the right into reality. This book aims to fill this void by focusing on ‘realization’ of the right by its holders, examining how effective the mechanisms are for ‘implementing’ the right in enabling its universal realization. In a quest to answer this question, the book draws a conceptual differentiation between ‘implementation’ and ‘realization’ of the right, arguing that unlike implementation - which is an objective process of creation - and implementation of measures such as legal frameworks, institutional structures or policy and action guidelines, realization of the right is a subjective process that extends much beyond. It takes shape within specific contextual settings which may include varied situations, yet remains neglected in the related academic and action forums. This book attempts to address this void by discussing some of the most significant contexts and the underlying problems and concerns that strongly influence realization of the human right to water. It contends that if the right is to be truly realized, these different contexts - which can be further classified as 'objective' and 'subjective' - must be understood, analysed and appropriately addressed before framing and implementing relevant action. The book further situates the human right to water discourse in a broader interdisciplinary perspective, expanding its scope beyond the narrower legal dimensions, linking it to the wider field of water resources management/governance. Through the novel ideas it proposes, the book makes an innovative and unique contribution in the field of human right to water which is of great scientific value.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
1. Introduction
2. Realizing the human right to water in local communities: An actor-oriented analysis
3. Monitoring and evaluation of rural water supply in Uganda: Implications for achieving the human right to water
4. Arsenic in Drinking Water: An Emerging Human Right Challenge in India
5. Climate Change and Human Right to Water: Problems and Prospects
6. Policy Paradoxes and Women's Right to Water in Mining Areas of Ghana
7. Human Right to Water in a Bottled Water Regime
8. Groundwater Management and the Human Right to Water in India: The need for a Decentralized Approach
9. Achieving Clean Water to all is a Question of Politics
10. Human Right to Water Obligations, Corporate Entities and Accountability Mechanisms
11. A Right-based Policy Framework for Governing Municipal Water Services
12. Human Right to Water in Trans-boundary Water Regimes
13. Translating the Human Right to Water into reality: Concluding Remarks.