The Human Right to Water and Unconventional Energy

  • Robert Palmer
  • Damien ShortEmail author
  • Ted Auch
Part of the Water Security in a New World book series (WSEC)


Hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas is an emotive subject, generating passionate arguments both pro and con. Some scholars argue that a ‘human right to water’ (HRW) approach could usefully enshrine in law the priority of human needs over industrial uses, in hydraulic fracturing and other sectors. This chapter explores the existing status of the HRW in international law and in the constitutions and statutes of some nations around the world. It appears that attempts to link struggles over HF’s impact on water resources with the HRW have so far foundered on a lack of clear unambiguous HRW declarations that can be tried in courts of law.


Human right to water Extreme energy United Nations Fracking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK
  2. 2.Human Rights Consortium and the School of Advanced StudyUniversity of LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.FracTracker AllianceCamp HillUSA

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