Every year, we spend incredible amounts of money in bottled water. Jorge Viñuales has no problem with consumers (including himself) drinking bottled water or with companies making some money out of it, but he believes that a share of that should go to water protection, distribution and research. He would like to propose a small transactional tax on bottled water the proceeds of which would be specifically used: (1) for the protection of the natural infrastructures that maintain the water cycle, i.e. wetlands, (2) for direct local water distribution and sanitation projects (e.g. for the coordination of inter-City projects), and (3) for research on water efficiency, decontamination and alternative techniques (e.g. exploitation of melting iced-water). His talk will tell us why and how.
Jorge holds the Pictet Chair in International Environmental Law at The Graduate Institute, Geneva. He is also the Director of the Programme on Environmental Governance at the Centre for International Environmental Studies (CIES). He is currently active both as an academic and a practitioner in the fields of international environmental law and foreign investment law. Jorge has substantial experience as a practicing international lawyer. He has worked on many arbitration cases, including several high profile inter-State, investor-State, and commercial disputes, and he has also experience in advising companies, governments, international organisations or major NGOs on different matters of international law. He has published widely in his specialty areas including, most recently, a monograph on ‘Foreign Investment and the Environment in International Law’ published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. Jorge received his education in France (Doctorat – Sciences Po, Paris), the United States (LL.M. – Harvard Law School), Switzerland (Licence and DEA in international relations – HEI; liz jur – Universität Freiburg; Licence and DEA in political science – Université de Genève), and Argentina (Abogado – UNICEN). His native language is Spanish and he is fluent in English, French and Italian.
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