Utrecht Law Review (Oct 2020)

The Human Right to Water and the Realisation of Water Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

  • Ahmed Beshtawi

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 16, no. 2
pp. 137 – 149


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This article seeks to assess the role of the human right to water in realising water rights in the scenario of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). In particular, it seeks to answer the question of the extent to which the human right to water protects Palestinians’ water rights in the OPT. In doing so, the article will start by analysing the human right to water and the related obligation it imposes on states in protecting water rights. In addition, the article will examine the applicability of the human right to water to the OPT and to what extent Israel is committed to realise it.