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Trading water: The human factor

Razzaque, Jona



This article briefly explores the status of water as a human right. It outlines the international commitments under the international and regional conventions, and judicial decisions outlining the nature of the right to water. It deals with the commodification of water and the potential impact of the General Agreement on Trade in Services on water resources. It also discusses the influence of corporations and various international financial institutions on the development of the water sector and water-related services. The question is whether the commodification or the privatization of water services will ensure that adequate safe drinking water reaches the poor and the marginalized sections of the community. Is water only an economic good or is it both a social and economic good? © Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2004.


Razzaque, J. (2004). Trading water: The human factor. Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, 13(1), 15-26.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 25, 2004
Journal Review of European Community and International Environmental Law
Print ISSN 0962-8797
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 1
Pages 15-26
Keywords trading water, human factor
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