This Wednesday (21) afternoon, an innovation was brought to the participants of this eighth edition of the World Water Forum: a mock water justice court.
The experiment was attended by judges from six different countries, as well as six students from various parts of the world in the role of representatives of international organizations.
At the time, the students had to argue before the court on two issues: the first on the circumstances under which international law recognizes the right of rivers as having legal personality, and the second on whether international law has an adequate legal framework to respond to water crises caused by climate change.
After the presentation of the students, experts in the subject commented on the pleas. The professor of the Catholic University of Santos, Maria Luiza Granziera, who made one of the comments, points out that the questions were very complex and new to international law.
The student of the University of São Paulo, Natália Pires, who made one of the arguments pointed out that having participated in this moment for her career "was an incredible opportunity, I met judges and students from many countries, different cultures and I was in a very difficult position", she said.
The purpose of the simulation was to share with all participants in the World Water Forum and also with the global community, the most current and highest level of legal expertise to address urgent and real issues involving critical freshwater resources.