At the annual WaterLex General Assembly meeting on Saturday, 3 May 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland, water law expert Eibe Riedel formally accepted the role of president of the international NGO’s Board of Directors. Professor Riedel, a board member since March 2013, replaces outgoing President Maria Francisca Ize-Charrin, who has served on the board since July 2010.
Prof. Riedel is a noted figure among experts on the Human Right to Water (HRW). As a law professor who would go on to become a member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), he drafted what is considered to be the establishing document for HRW, General Comment 15, The Right to Water, adopted by CESCR at its 29th Session in November 2002. Read more about the comment.
“General Comment 15 is the main source of inspiration for any human rights lawyer working in the field of water governance,” said Jean-Benoit Charrin, executive director of WaterLex. “Eibe Riedel is one of its main authors. It is with a great sense of humility, but also pride, that I welcome him as our board’s new president.”
For his part, Prof. Riedel sees many challenges for the organisation, but also many accomplishments. Click here to read our interview with him.
“WaterLex is clearly on the right track in addressing key issues of concern in relation to the right to water,” said Prof. Riedel. “Country analyses with comparative studies should continue to be developed. I will try to follow the balanced approach adopted by my predecessor, Maria Francisca Ize-Charrin.”
In his long career, Prof. Riedel has held many posts. He has been a professor of public law and international law at the German universities of Mainz, Marburg and Mannheim, and is currently chair of German and comparative public law, and European and international law, at the University of Mannheim. He is a judge at the Hague Permanent Court of Arbitration and serves as a director of the Inland Navigation Law Institute and the Institute of Medical Law, Bioethics and Public Health. He is a member of the German UNESCO Commission, and served as a member of CESCR from 2003 to 2012. He is the Swiss Chair of Human Rights at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. Prof. Riedel studied law and theology at King’s College London and Law at the University of Kiel in Germany, earning his Dr. iuris in 1974 and his Dr. iur. habil. in 1983.
The WaterLex Board of Directors is a supervisory organ composed of at least three members elected every three years by the organisation’s General Assembly. The board meets at least twice a year. Its members, who act in their personal capacity, can neither have executive functions nor be paid by the organisation.
New board members for 2014 are Catherine Brölmann, Aileen Ionescu-Somers, Giorgio Malinverni and Abby Onencan. In addition to former board President Ize-Charrin, the outgoing members of the board are Gérard Aleton, Jean Lapègue and Bing-Jing Wang.
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