Current WaterLex members are experts and professionals whose experience comes from the academic, national and international public service, diplomatic, private and nonprofit sectors. WaterLex membership is open to everyone.

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There are two options to join WaterLex as a member, currently:

1. Discretion of WaterLex Board for individuals with an outstanding professional record (including outstanding integrity) in promoting and implementing human rights-based water governance. In this case, staff members of WaterLex are invited to channel recommendations to the Board via the Executive Director.

2. Discretion of WaterLex Board for individuals with limited working experience, but who have volunteered with WaterLex and proved their commitment to implementing human rights-based water governance. In this case, volunteers’ supervisors are invited to channel recommendations to the Board via the Executive Director along with the written recommendation.

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WaterLex currently counts on the support of the following members

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 IonescuSomers – 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 Consultant

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 Geneva

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. JeanPhilippe Assal – Professor of MedicinePresident 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 Disappearances

François Münger – Senior Water Advisor, Swiss Agency for Development

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, WaterLex

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 (ACF-France)

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 Projection

Julien Eyrard – WASH Coordinator at Action contre la Faim (ACF-France)

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 Rights

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 Bureau

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 Centre.

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 volunteer

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 Child

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 Government

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 Initiative

Xavier Dumont – Senior Engineer at engineering company.

Yves Etienne  Former Head of the Assistance Division at ICRC

Zaki Shubber – Lecturer in law and water diplomacy – UNESCO-IHE 

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