Rachel Gold, a third year University of Washington law student, received a Fulbright full grant March 13, 2006 to study the right to clean water as a human rights issue in Argentina.
As a Fulbright Fellow, Gold will study the development and governance of the right to clean water. Her work is hosted by the Center for Human Rights and the Environment (CEDHA), an environmental non-governmental organization (NGO) in Cordoba, Argentina. Her work centers on the Argentinean constitutional guarantee that citizens have the right to a healthy environment. However, this access is often regulated at the regional and local level, which has led to citizen complaints over water quality and cost, especially in rural areas. Gold plans to focus on these conflicts between citizens, the public sector and private companies, and develop a “rights-based” approach to solving this complex and compelling environmental issue as it relates to human rights.
Gold, who is fluent in Spanish and has lived in Latin America, is a 1999 graduate of the University of California, San Diego, with a degree in Sociology and minor in Pan American Studies. She has also served as an interpreter and translator for a UN conference and has conducted field research in rural Chile on forestry issues. As a UW law student, Gold has worked with the Berman Environmental Law Clinic to address environmental degradation issues related to water quality and endangered species.
Gold is the second Fulbright Fellow from the UWLS Class of 2006. Anthony Milewski is currently in Russia studying “Public Perceptions of the Russian Jury System” and will return to the UW in the fall.