Professor Viñuales elected Chairman of the Compliance Committee of the UN-ECE Protocol on Water and Health

20 March 2017

At its fourteenth meeting held in March 2017, the Compliance Committee of the UN-ECE Protocol on Water and Health has elected Professor Jorge E. Viñuales, Of Counsel at LALIVE, as its Chairman for the next triennium.

The Protocol was signed in 1999 by thirty-six States in the pan-European region with the aim to ensure access to water and sanitation through the improvement of water management and the prevention, control and reduction of water-related diseases. The Protocol adopts a hybrid structure combining inter-State obligations with provisions relating to access to water.

The Compliance Committee was established by the Meeting of the Parties in order to review compliance with State obligations under the Protocol. It consists of nine independent experts, appointed on the proposal of one Member State and who act on a pro bono basis. The Committee can receive submissions from Member States, referrals from the Secretariat or communications from the public relating to cases of potential non-compliance with the obligations of the Protocol.

Professor Jorge E. Viñuales is a member of LALIVE’s Public International Law practice. He holds the Harold Samuel Chair of Law and Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge, where he is also the Director of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG) as well as a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and of Clare College.

Please see further information on LALIVE’s Public International Law practice here.

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