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5 - Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue

Lessons to Be Learned from the Oldest of the ‘New’ Rights – the Human Right to Water

from The Right to Water

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 January 2020

Andreas von Arnauld
Affiliation:
Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel, Germany
Kerstin von der Decken
Affiliation:
Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel, Germany
Mart Susi
Affiliation:
Tallinn University, Estonia
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Summary

Water is as old as life. If we believe Genesis 1:1, water is even older than life, older even than day and night. Not quite as old, but still certainly not recent, is the demand that basic human water needs should be reflected in the recognition of a human right to water. It is thus somewhat surprising to find the right to water included in a book that is dedicated to new human rights. Why has it taken so long for the human right to water to be recognised, given that the human need for water is so essential and so old?

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The Cambridge Handbook of New Human Rights
Recognition, Novelty, Rhetoric
, pp. 70 - 78
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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