Dr. Elodie Tranchez

Dr. Elodie Tranchez

Two WaterLex Legal Desk officers, Dr. Elodie Tranchez and Mr. Moez Allaoui, embark on a teaching assignment in law and water resources management today (26 March 2015) at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. They will teach a 20-hour-long module called “Right to Water,” part of a certificate in advanced studies in water governance and policy at the university.

Mr. Moez Allaoui.

Mr. Moez Allaoui.

Students signed up to complete the module include professionals wishing to develop in terms of water-resources management skills on local and regional scales (confederation, cantons, departments, regions, industrial services, private sector, etc.) or on an international scale (international organizations, NGOs, private sector, etc.).

The objectives of the education behind the certificate:

  • Identify key issues and management strategies
  • Analyze the different variables (environmental, institutional, political) that may impact on the resource and require adjustments in terms of management
  • Define solutions to the problems encountered
  • Acquire contextual reading keys, strategies, and instruments responding to the complexity of water resources management
  • Develop skills and tools directly applicable in professional life

The eight thematic parts of the module:

  • Regulation and integrated management by basin
  • General hydrology and environmental change
  • International water law
  • Governance of public drinking water
  • Water management economics
  • Water services management models
  • Right to water
  • Hydro-diplomacy

The university programme is led by the Geneva Water Hub and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

For more information:

WaterLex International Secretariat
Tel: +41 22 907 36 46
Email: info (at) waterlex.org

About WaterLex:

WaterLex is an international public interest development organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. It is a UN-Water Partner with UN ECOSOC special consultative status. Its mission is to develop sustainable solutions based on human rights to improve water governance worldwide, particularly in regard to consistent water law and policy frameworks. It works with an alliance of interested parties to improve water-governance frameworks, bringing them in line with country obligations under international human rights law. The interested parties are individuals and groups working in government (diplomatic missions), academia (professors of law, researchers), bilateral cooperation (water management advisors), the judiciary (high/supreme courts judges), the UN system (UN-Water family members), and civil society (NGOs that work on water issues). WaterLex works in partnership with 85 universities to continuously enrich the content of the WaterLex Legal Database. The organisation is funded by grants and project financing from public agencies, foundations, private gifts, and in-kind contributions. Established in 2010, when the human right to water was recognised by the UN, the organisation has a secretariat in Geneva with 15 staff members, a supervisory board of directors, and a large pool of members and expert advisors. It is an official member of the Global Water Partnership, UNDP Cap-Net, UNDP Global Water Solidarity, UNEP Global Wastewater Initiative, and Swiss Water Partnership.

Photos by A.A. Johnsson.