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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:

  • Luis Alfonso de Alba  Ambassador of Mexico in Austria, First President of the UN Human Rights Council
  • Catarina de Albuquerque  Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation
  • Tony Allan – Head of the London Water Research Group at King’s College and at SOAS
  • Mova Al’Afghani   PhD graduate of the UNESCO Center for Water Law – University of Dundee (UK)
  • Gérard Aleton – Engineer in the energy sector from 1974-2010
  • Beatriz Armendariz – Lecturer in Economics at the University of Harvard
  • Dr. JeanPhilippe Assal – Professor of Medicine,  President of the Foundation Research and Training, Geneva
  • Julie Aubriot  WaterLex co-initiator – President of Réseau Projection
  • Guido Barbera  President of CIPSI (Coordinamento di Iniziative Popolari di Solidarieta Internazionale), Italy
  • Line Bareiro  Member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Catherine Brölmann – Associate Professor of International Law, University of Amsterdam
  • Charles Brunengo  Former Secretary General and Executive Board Member of Framatome Group
  • Bertrand Charrier  Officer in charge of relations with think tanks and academic institutions, AFD
  • Christian Charrin – International Lawyer
  • Daniel Charrin  Corporate Lawyer
  • Jean-Benoît Charrin  WaterLex co-initiator – IS Staff – Executive Director
  • Alan Colman  Advisor, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • Santiago Corcuera – Attorney in Mexico, Member of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances and former member of the Human Rights Commission of Mexico City
  • Robert Corcos – Attorney in Paris
  • Simon Damkjaer  Former WaterLex volunteer
  • Emmanuel Decaux  Professor Emeritus at the University of Paris II, Member and former President of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances
  • Manuel Dengo Benavides – Former Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the UN in Geneva, former staff member at UN-DESA and at WMO
  • José Dougan-Beaca  Former staff member at the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights
  • Xavier Dumont – Senior Engineer at engineering company.
  • Louis Duret – Former Mayor of Neuvecelle, Former Chair of the Community of communes of the Pays D’Evian
  • Silvia Escobar  Ambassador of Human Rights of Spain (2005-2011), Member of the Board of Helsinki España
  • 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)
  • Yves Etienne  Former Head of the Assistance Division at ICRC
  • Julien Eyrard – WASH Coordinator at Action contre la Faim (ACF-France)
  • Michel Forst  Former UN Independent Expert on the Human Rights situation in Haiti, Secretary of CNCDH France
  • Pierre Fourcassié – WASH Coordinator – UNICEF
  • Luis Gallegos  Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the UN in Geneva, former Member of the UN Committee against Torture
  • Aniza Garcia  Researcher Instituto Complutense de Estudios Jurídicos Críticos, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
  • Aída González Martínez  Former President of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
  • 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
  • Ania Grobicki  Deputy Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
  • Christian Guillermet-Fernández  Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the UN in Geneva
  • Dirk Hanschel – Teacher at the University of Aberdeen having specialized in Environmental and Energy Law
  • Paul Hunt  Law Professor at the University of Essex (UK), former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health
  • Peter Illig  Director, Global Project Management, World Scout Bureau
  • François-Xavier Imbert – Officer at the World Water Council
  • Aileen IonescuSomers – Associate Dean, Business School of Lausanne
  • Valérie Issumo  Founder of Prana Sustainable Water
  • Alain Ize – World Bank Advisor,  Professor at the Colegio de Mexico, former public servant at the International Monetary Fund
  • Maria Francisca Ize-Charrin –  Honorary President of WaterLex, former Director at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Anders  Johnsson – Secretary-General of the Inter-Parlamentary Union (1998-2014) and former staff member of UNHCR
  • Lara Jazairi  Officer with Oxfam (UK)
  • 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
  • Dzidek Kedzia  President of the UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, Professor of Constitutional Law in Poland, former Director at the OHCHR
  • 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
  • Ashfaq Khalfan – Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Policy Coordinator, Amnesty International
  • Roberta Lajous  Ambassador of Mexico in Spain
  • Jean Lapègue  Senior WASH advisor – Action against Hunger (ACF-France)
  • Sheldon Leader  Law Professor at the University of Essex (UK)
  • Renato Leao – Vice-President of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and General Coordinator of CONARE (at the Brazilian Ministry of Justice)
  • Norberto Liwski  President of CODESEDH (Argentina), former vice-President of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
  • Dr Louis Loutan  Former Head of the Division of International and Humanitarian Medicine, University of Geneva
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Cécile Molinier – Former  Director of UNDP Office in Geneva
  • François Münger – Senior Water Advisor, Swiss Agency for Development
  • Sharmila Murthy – Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • Bacre Ndiaye – Director at OHCHR
  • Kyra Nuñez  Independent Journalist with “El Sol de Chiapas,” author of books and articles
  • Abby Onencan – Former Regional Manager of the Nile Basin Discourse
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hélène Ramos dos Santos Former Legal Desk Coordinator, WaterLex
  • François Rapin – Former Secretary General of CIPEL-CH
  • 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
  • James Robertson  WASH scientific specialist in humanitarian and development contexts (based in Bamako, Mali)
  • Salman Salman  Lead Counsel and Water Law Advisor at the World Bank
  • Tobias  Schmitz – Former WaterLex Staff
  • Zaki Shubber – Lecturer in law and water diplomacy – UNESCO-IHE
  • Miguel Solanes – Head of the Department of Economic and Institutional Analysis of IMDEA Water, Spain
  • Alma Sosa – Officer at the National Human Rights Commission (Mexico)
  • Bart Teeuwen – Water and Sanitation Policy – International Consultant
  • Mara Tignino – Lecturer and Coordinator of the Platform for  International Water Law, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva
  • Peter van Maanen – WASH Consultant for UNICEF
  • 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)
  • Renaud de Villaine  Staff member at OHCHR, former WaterLex volunteer
  • Jorge E. Viñuales University of Cambridge, Clare College, Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy
  • Bing-Jing Wang  Advisor, Prime Partners (Geneva)
  • Walter Wildi  Former President of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department, University of Geneva
  • Patricia Wouters  Founder of the IHP-HELP Centre, Professor at the Dundee University
  • 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
  • François Zwahlen – Professor and Director of the Centre for Hydrogeology, University of Neuchatel
  • 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.

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