Intercultural Human Rights Law Review

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Water is Earth's most precious resource as it holds the fate of all living things. Throughout human history, civilizations have depended on a reliable supply of freshwater. From rain-water harvesting and irrigation canals to fracking and groundwater pumping, humans have continually developed ways to control and use water resources. Whether for industry or agriculture, all aspects of human life need water. As a result, societies always faced pressure from various competing interests. Today, however, the demand for water has surpassed sustainability levels overflowing into potentially irreversible paths. Using the New Haven School of Jurisprudence, this paper aims to diagnose the critical social problem and prescribe possible solutions. Part I delineates the global water crisis, and Part II illustrates the conflicting claimants and their different perspectives. Part III surveys past legal decisions considering their predisposition and conditioning factors to examine what really happened. Part IV aims to predict future decisions to see what will happen, and Part V provides appraisals, alternatives, and recommendations for what should happen.