Expert Pool

Are you interested in joining the WaterLex Expert Pool?

Our added-value:

WaterLex designs, promotes, and facilitates the implementation of sustainable water governance legal and policy frameworks. WaterLex is a lab for water-related international public and private norms and standards. It also designs and trains on the use of efficient tools to facilitate legal compliance in daily operations of water governance stakeholders. 

WaterLex implements its programmes through a network of around a hundred international experts in water management, development, law, and more specifically, human rights law, which is coordinated by a secretariat in Geneva.

A win-win partnership

WaterLex undertakes and coordinates innovative research activities with a growing number of academic partners and governmental or non-governmental organisations, including UNEP, UNESCO-IHE, the Geneva Water Hub, National Human Rights Institutions, etc. In addition to institutional partnerships, WaterLex has also created a network of prolific experts who have led sustainable solutions to improve water governance through the interconnected frameworks of development and (human rights) law. The organisation thereby outsources through consultancy the implementation of co-funded WaterLex programme and project activities among leading experts in water governance.

Through their collaboration with WaterLex, experts are provided access to unique development project opportunities as well as international visibility. Each expert joins under a broader Framework Agreement and operates within a separate consultancy contract when implementing a WaterLex project. Consulting covers support to project deliverables including publications, country studies, and interventions at UN Conferences, among others.

In addition to the visibility which sufficiently justifies for some partners an in-kind contribution to WaterLex projects and programmes, WaterLex also sources its expertise through the payment of consultancy fees. Such fees are agreed based on the length and depth of expected research.

Our Partners

Due to their unique expertise, academics, lawyers and water experts are strategic partners to support WaterLex’s legal research programmes and activities. The collaboration with key experts has successfully secured the following results:

          Publications (e.g. WL compilation on case law related to the human right to water);

          Country studies (e.g. water legal and policy framework reviews for development partners such as the Austrian, Danish, Dutch, Swedish and Swiss development cooperation agencies);

          International crowd-sourced projects (e.g. legal database on national sources for the human right to water);

          UN Conferences (e.g. Water & Energy Nexus – Bridging Legal and Policy Frameworks – 2014).

Areas of Partnership

Various legal and policy frameworks address water in different ways –
often leading to a fragmented discourse. At the international level, water is
not only encompassed within the legal framework on water and broader
environment law but also in other frameworks such as human rights and
international trade law. WaterLex is therefore interested in partnering with
experts specialised in areas that are integral to water governance, such as:

National expertise:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Environmental Studies (IWRM)
  • Governance & Law Enforcement

Regional or International expertise:

  • Water & Environmental Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Investment / Trade Law

Publications to share:

§  WaterLex is pleased to share the work of Sabrina Urbinati, of the University of Milano-Bicocca, on “The Community Participation in International Law”. It is a part of the Göttingen Studies in Cultural Property, Volume 8, “Between Imagined Communities and Communities of Practice, Participation, Territory and the Making of Heritage” edited by Nicolas Adell, Regina F. Bendix, Chiara Bortolotto and Markus Tauschek.“The purpose of this study is to show, as thoroughly as possible, the ways in which communities play a role in the implementation of international legal instruments…. As we will see in more detail in the first paragraph of this study, international law rarely identifies the stakeholders directly with the word “community.” In fact, even if they may have a community dimension, they have different natures. In identifying the stakeholders, the international instruments taken into account in the present study utilise specific words and expressions, for instance, peoples, indigenous, individuals, women and farmers. In the present study, sometimes we will identify these subjects with the words “community” or “communities.” Finally, we have to recall that in other branches of law, the word in question is frequently substituted without changing of meaning, with those of group or groups, individuals, local communities, local institutions and so on.” Please download the document here: publications:

§  Urbinati, Sabrina, The Acknowledgment Status of the Recognition of the Human Right to Drinking Water and Sanitation in Italy  (L’état de la reconnaissance du droit de l’homme à l’eau potable et à l’assainissement en Italie) (2012). SMETS (sous la direction de), Le droit à l’eau potable et à l’assainissement en Europe, Editions Johanet, Paris, 2012, pp. 325-555. Available at SSRN, link:

§  Riedel, Eibe: Reflections on the UN Human Rights Covenants at Fifty (2016). Posted here.

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