Legal Approach to Global Water Sustainability on World Water Day


WASHINGTON, DC, March 19, 2010 – American University Washington College of Law will host a conference titled “World Water Day: Legal Approaches to Global Water Sustainability.”  The conference is presented by the Journal on Sustainable Development Law & Policy

March 22 is United Nations World Water Day, and this conference includes various panel discussions outlining current challenges to the sustainability of drinking water. Such challenges include distribution of water sources, the diplomacy involved in resolving issues of scarcity, and access to disadvantaged populations such as American Indians and the global south. Whether there should be a right to water is an issue of both legal and moral debate.  Legal approaches to water access provide the background to understanding this growing global crisis.

The program features experts from nature and wildlife conservation groups, including the Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund, American Rivers, and more.

When: March 22, 2010

            9 A.M. – 2 P.M.

Where: American University Washington College of Law

             4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20016, Room 603

Full Schedule:

9:00 am Registration and continental breakfast

9:15 am Opening Remarks from the Editors in Chief, Sustainable Development Law & Policy

Addie Haughey and Blake Mensing

9:30 am Challenges and Solutions to Sustainable Clean Water Resources in the U.S.

Joe Hankins, Freshwater Conservancy

Natalie Roy, Clean Water Network

Margaret Bowman, Walton Family Foundation

Ed Hopkins, Sierra Club

11:00 am Break

11:15 am Future of Water Regulation in the U.S.

Jan Goldman-Carter, National Wildlife Federation

Gary Belan, American Rivers

Mitch Jones, Food and Water Watch

12:15 pm Buffet lunch

12:30 pm Global Access to Water and the U.S. Role

Flavia Loures, WWF International

Larry Engel, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, American University

1:45 pm Closing Remarks

2:00 pm Adjourn

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