SOAS University of London

Realization of the ‘human’ rights to water and sanitation …and what about the environment?

Lovleen Bhullar School of Law, SOAS

Date: 15 March 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 15 March 2017Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B111

Type of Event: Seminar

Abstract: The rights to water and sanitation have been recognised at the international level and the national level. The pervasive negative impacts on public health and the environment resulting from the absence of these rights are among the most compelling argument for their recognition and effective implementation. Public health concerns have been prioritised in the formulation of these rights and the measures adopted for their implementation (thus highlighting the inextricable link with the right to health). However, there is a discernible silence in respect of environmental concerns, including the potentially negative environmental impacts of the measures adopted for the implementation of these rights (thus also ignoring the inextricable link with the right to environment). The presentation will explore this concern while focusing on the experience of recognition of these rights and their implementation in two jurisdictions: India and South Africa.

Lovleen Bhullar is a PhD candidate and Senior Teaching Fellow in the School of Law, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Previously Lovleen has held research positions in the Environmental Law Research Society, New Delhi, the Institute of Water Policy at the Lee Kuan Yuan School of Public Policy and the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law in the Faculty of Law, both at the National University of Singapore, and worked in a law firm in New Delhi. She has taught in SOAS (international environmental law and water policy and governance), the National Law University Delhi (environmental law and water law) and the Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi (international environmental law). Lovleen holds a BA LLB (Honours) degree from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, a LLM in Environmental Law from SOAS and an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the LSE.

The seminar will take place from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Room B111, Brunei Gallery (opp. Main Building), SOAS – All Welcome

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