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WaterLex contributes to sustainable water governance and management through a catalytic cycle of research, knowledge training and legal products. WaterLex is at the heart of global water governance, operating as a facilitator among Public Sector, Private Sector and Civil Society stakeholders.

Board of Directors

The WaterLex Board of Directors confirms the strategic orientation of the organization and regularly checks the operations compliance with the Charter and agreed Strategic orientation. All Board members of WaterLex act in their personal capacity.  Read more.

The International Secretariat

WaterLex is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The General Director leads a small team of staff and interact regularly with the WaterLex Board.


Membership to WaterLex is open to everyone. Globally, there are nearly 100 WaterLex Members, who are experts and professionals with experience from the academic, national and international public service, diplomatic, private and non-profit sectors. The advice, support, and knowledge that Members offer to WaterLex are important to programme implementation globally, as Members hail from over a dozen countries.  Read more.

Scientific Committee

WaterLex has a scientific committee, comprised of WaterLex members, and experts in the field of Human Rights to Water and Sanitation. This committee serves as a think-tank for the secretariat, to increase the interaction with and contribution from renowned members that are active in research, and increasing the opportunities for WaterLex to improve it’s understanding and cooperation with other important programmes in the same field. Read more.

WaterLex is an international non-governmental organization under the European Convention on the Recognition of the Legal Personality of International Non-Governmental Organizations of April 24, 1986 (Ref. CoE-CETS No. 124). The organization is set up as an ‘association’ under Swiss Law (Art. 60 et seq of the Civil Code). The organization was officially recognized and granted the tax-exemption by the Canton of Geneva in 2011.

In the USA, the WaterLex American Friends Fund is part of the King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS), a tax-exempt public charity registered in sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the US Internal Revenue Code. Read more here.