About the Database

The WaterLex Legal Database Project (WLDP) is an initiative connecting academics and water-governance practitioners from around the world to articulate evolving law and legal doctrine to multi-level water governance practices in a dynamic online platform.

The objective of the project is to provide a unique and innovative source of reference for water-governance practitioners engaging in activities as diverse as: academic research on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), integrated water resources management (IWRM), or water security; legal practice; or law and policy design.

To secure its wide outreach and use, the project is designed with a crowd-sourcing approach, providing any academic or practitioner the possibility to feed into the database and thereby receive an acknowledgment of contribution on the homepage. WaterLex sources its data also from FAO, IUCN and ECOLEX.

To ensure high-quality updates, an open-ended pool of world-renowned academic experts approves each submission prior to its publication.

The project was initiated in 2012 by WaterLex, an international public interest development organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. The project was quickly adopted by a growing network of academic institutions from 15 countries spread over five continents.

Read more about the WaterLex Legal Database.

Who updates the content of the Database?

The scientific development of the project is ensured by the WaterLex Database Scientific Committee (WDSC), which comprises experts from the following academic institutions:

New documents submitted via the online form will be validated by the WDSC before being entered in the Database.

Interested in joining the project?

All organizations and individuals willing to join the project are warmly invited to contact us.