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Critical International LawPostrealism, Postcolonialism, and Transnationalism$
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Prabhakar Singh and Benoît Mayer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199450633

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199450633.001.0001

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The Human Right to Water as a ‘Creature’ of Global Administrative Law

The Human Right to Water as a ‘Creature’ of Global Administrative Law

(p.249) 10 The Human Right to Water as a ‘Creature’ of Global Administrative Law
Critical International Law

Owen McIntyre

Oxford University Press

This chapter suggests that the current discourse on the Human Right to Water (HRW) is an expression of universally accepted standards of global governance, rather than simply a list of specific entitlements to water and sanitation services. This chapter argues that the current discourse driving the development of the concept of HRW clearly reflects the phenomenon of transnational governance and seeks to respond to the realities of transnational regulation. Furthermore, it provides a corpus of good governance standards, which can be employed to inform the measures used to ensure equitable social provision of essential water and sanitation services. National authorities, intergovernmental agencies, transnational corporations, hybrid standard-setting bodies, international financial institutions, overseas investors, and civil society organisations may take and demand such measures.

Keywords:   human right to water, global administrative law, human rights, transnational governance

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