WaterLex members are selected for their expertise or professional experience in academic, public service, diplomatic, private and non-profit sectors, and they bring a breadth of specific expertise in water law, governance and human rights.  In return, WaterLex shares information on new research and programmes in the field of human rights to water and sanitation and involves members in events, research programmes and workshops. A select group of members are actively involved in the WaterLex Scientific Committee.

WaterLex membership is open to everyone, at the discretion of the Board, according to the following criteria:

  1. For individuals with an outstanding professional record in promoting and implementing human rights-based water governance
  2. For individuals with limited working experience, but who have volunteered with WaterLex and proven commitment to implementing human rights-based water governance.

In both cases, written recommendations are sent from staff members to the Board, through the Director General. If you would like to join our membership, please speak to one of our team as a first point of call.

Membership carries a small annual fee according to the desired level of membership.

  • STUDENT – CHF 10 per annum – includes basic membership.
  • SILVER – CHF 50 per annum, or CHF 250 for 5 years – includes basic membership
  • GOLD – CHF 100 per annum, or CHF 500 for 5 years – includes hardcopy of latest WaterLex publications (this year we are producing a Case Study entitled “Good Practices for National Human Rights Institutions in Central America – El-Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala”)
  • PLATINUM – CHF 250 per annum, or CHF 1250 for 5 years – includes 5 copies of latest WaterLex publications, plus a small gift

Abby Onencan – Former Regional Manager of the Nile Basin

Aída González Martínez– Former President of the UN
Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

Aileen Ionescu–Somers – Associate Dean, Business School
of Lausanne

Alain Ize – World Bank Advisor, Professor at the Colegio
de Mexico, former public servant at the International Monetary Fund

Alan Colman– Advisor, European Bank for Reconstruction and
Development (EBRD)

Anders Johnsson – Former Secretary-General of the
Inter-Parliamentary Union (1998-2014) and former staff member of UNHCR

Ania Grobicki– Water Expert: Land and Water Division at FAO

Aniza Garcia– Researcher Instituto Complutense de Estudios
Jurídicos Críticos, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Ashfaq Khalfan – Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Policy
Coordinator, Amnesty International

Bacre Ndiaye – Chairperson of the international team of
experts on the situation in the Kasai regions of the Democratic Republic of the
Congo, UNHCR.

Bart Teeuwen – Water and Sanitation Policy – International

Beatriz Armendariz – Lecturer in Economics at the
University of Harvard

Bertrand Charrier– Officer in charge of relations with think
tanks and academic institutions, AFD

Blanca Ruth Esponda– General coordinator of executive power
cabinets in the State of Chiapas (Mexico), Member of the expert committee on
the implementation of Convention and Recommendations of the International
Labour Organization (ILO)

Catarina de Albuquerque– Former UN Special Rapporteur on the
Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation

Catherine Brölmann – Associate Professor of International
Law, University of Amsterdam

Catherine Kessedjian– Law faculties Professor at the
Universities of Université Paris II- Panthéon Assas, Hauser Global Professor at
the New York University School of Law, arbitrator in international arbitration

Cécile Molinier – Former Director of UNDP Office in

Charles Brunengo– Former Secretary General and Executive
Board Member of Framatome Group

Christian Guillermet-Fernández– Ambassador, Deputy Permanent
Representative of Costa Rica to the UN in Geneva

Daniel Charrin– Corporate Lawyer

David Birenbaum– Advisor to Fried Frank in Washington,
Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Nations during the
Reform Process (1994-1996)

Dirk Hanschel – Teacher at the University of Aberdeenhaving
specialized in Environmental and Energy Law

Dr Louis Loutan– Former Head of the Division of
International and Humanitarian Medicine, University of Geneva

Dr. Jean–Philippe Assal – Professor
ofMedicine, President of the Foundation Research and Training, Geneva

Dzidek Kedzia– President of the UN Committee on Economic
Social and Cultural Rights, Professor of Constitutional Law in Poland, former
Director at the OHCHR

Eibe Riedel– President of the Board of WaterLex, former
Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Swiss Chair
of the International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law Academy (Geneva), Law
Professor at the University of Mannheim

Emmanuel Decaux– Professor Emeritus at the University of
Paris II, Member and former President of the Committee on Enforced

François Münger – Senior Water Advisor, Swiss Agency for

François Rapin – Former Secretary General of CIPEL-CH

François Van Leeuwen – BPW Representatives to the United
Nations and Intergovernmental Institutions, UNECE-Economic Commission for
Europe, Geneva

François-Xavier Imbert – Officer at the World Water Council

François Zwahlen – Professor and Director of the Centre for
Hydrogeology, University of Neuchatel

Giorgio Malinverni– Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Law,
University of Geneva; former Judge at the European Court of Human Rights,
President of the NGO TRIAL

Hélène Ramos dos Santos– Former Legal Desk Coordinator,

James Robertson– WASH scientific specialist in humanitarian
and development contexts (based in Bamako, Mali)

Javier Moctezuma– General Director of Foundation Gonzalo Rio
Arronte (Mexico), former director on National Human Rights Commission (Mexico),
Ambassador of Mexico to the Holy See (2004-2005)

Jean Lapègue– Senior WASH advisor – Action against Hunger

Jean Zermatten– Lawyer, former President of the UN Committee
on the Rights of the Child, Director of the International Institute on the
Rights of the Child (IDE) – Switzerland

Jean-Benoît Charrin– WaterLex co-initiator – IS Staff –
former Executive Director

Jorge E. Viñuales– University of Cambridge, Clare
College, Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy

José Bengoa – Rector of the Christian Humanism Academy
University in Chile and former member of the UN Sub-Commission and of the HRC
Advisory Committee

José Dougan-Beaca– Former staff member at the Office of the
High Commissioner on Human Rights

Julie Aubriot– WaterLex co-initiator – President of Réseau

Julien Eyrard – WASH Coordinator at Action contre la Faim

Kyra Nuñez– Independent Journalist with “El Sol de Chiapas,”
author of books and articles

Lara El Jazairi– Officer with Oxfam (UK)

Line Bareiro– Member of the UN Committee on the Elimination
of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

Louis Duret – Former Mayor of Neuvecelle, Former Chair of the
Community of communes of the Pays D’Evian

Luis Alfonso de Alba– Ambassador of Mexico in Austria, First
President of the UN Human Rights Council

Luis Gallegos– Ambassador, Permanent Representative of
Ecuador to the UN in Geneva, former Member of the UN Committee against Torture

Makane Moïse Mbengue – Associate Professor of
International Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva, and a
Visiting Professor at Sciences Po Paris (School of Law)

Manuel Dengo Benavides – Former Ambassador, Permanent
Representative of Costa Rica to the UN in Geneva, former staff member at
UN-DESA and at WMO

Mara Tignino – Reader, Faculty of Law and Institute for
Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva. Coordinator of the Platform for
International Water Law, Geneva Water Hub

Maria Francisca Ize-Charrin –  Honorary President of
WaterLex, former Director at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human

Maria Querol – Independent international law consultancies

Michel Forst– Former UN Independent Expert on the Human
Rights situation in Haiti, Secretary of CNCDH France

Michel Veuthey– University Professor, Director of Summer
Course of International Humanitarian Law – International Institute of
Humanitarian Law (IIHL – San Remo – Italy), Career at the ICRC (1967-2000)

Miguel Solanes – Head of the Department of Economic and
Institutional Analysis of IMDEA Water, Spain

Mova Al’Afghani– PhD graduate of the UNESCO Center for Water
Law – University of Dundee (UK)

Norberto Liwski– President of CODESEDH (Argentina), former
vice-President of the UN Committee on the Rights of
the Child

Patricia Wouters– Founder of the IHP-HELP Centre, Professor
at the Dundee University

Paul Hunt– Law Professor at the University of Essex (UK),
former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro – President of the Independent
International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Member of the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights (2004-2011), UN Secretary General representative on
the study on violation against children, Former UN Special Rapporteur on
Burundi and Myanmar

Peter Illig– Director, Global Project Management, World Scout

Peter van Maanen – WASH Consultant for UNICEF

Philippe Cullet – Professor of International Law at SOAS,
University of London, Senior visiting Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research,
New Delhi and the Convenor of the International Environmental Law Research

Régis de Gouttes– Former Member of the UN Committee on the
Elimination of Racial Discrimination, former first
attorney general before the French Supreme Court of Appeal

Renato Zerbini Ribeiro Leão – 

Renaud de Villaine– Staff member at OHCHR, former WaterLex

Robert Corcos – Attorney in Paris

Roberta Lajous– Ambassador of Mexico in Spain

Roberto Cuéllar – Executive Director of the Inter-American
Institute of Human Rights in San José, Costa Rica 

Rosa María Ortiz– Member of the Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights, former Vice-President of the UN Committee on the Rights of the

Salman Salman– Lead Counsel and Water Law Advisor at the
World Bank

Santiago Corcuera – Attorney in Mexico, Member of the UN
Committee on Enforced Disappearances and former member of the Human Rights
Commission of Mexico City

Sharmila Murthy – Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of

Sheldon Leader– Law Professor at the University of Essex (UK)

Silvia Escobar– Ambassador of Human Rights of Spain
(2005-2011), Member of the Board of Helsinki España

Simon Damkjaer– Former WaterLex volunteer

Tobias Schmitz – Former WaterLex Staff

Tony Allan – Head of the London Water Research Group at
King’s College and at SOAS

Walter Kaelin – University professor, Former
Representative of the Secretary General for the Internally Displaced Persons,
Member of the Human Rights Committee, Envoy of the Chairmanship of the Nansen

Xavier Dumont – Senior Engineer at engineering

Yves Etienne – Former Head of the Assistance Division at ICRC

Zaki Shubber – Lecturer in law and water diplomacy –