Implementing the Human Rights to Water in the West is the title of a conference to be held February 3 to 5, 2011, at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon.
Featured will be studies of how the human right to water interact with water law and policy in the Western United States, which, as organizers write,
already suffers from water shortages projected to grow worse. ... Our three-day conference will tackle two critical questions: How Western water law and policy deals with the human right to water; and if, in the face of increasing water scarcity, we should change our laws to assure clean water for everyone.
Working groups will produce a report to be submitted to the U.N. expert on the human right to water, Catarina de Albuquerque (prior IntLawGrrls post).
In addition to Willamette Professors Robin Morris Collin (above, near left) and Susan L. Smith (above, far left), the conference co-chairs, and their colleague Gwynne Skinner, among the many speakers scheduled are the keynote speaker, Professor Gabriel Eckstein of Texas Wesleyan Law, Director of the International Water Law Project, as well as: Gail Achterman, Executive Director, Institute of Natural Resources, Oregon State University; Sarah Hunt Vasche, Staff Attorney, Commons Sense for Oregon; and Elizabeth Burleson, University of South Dakota School of Law.
Registration and other details here.