Rieu-Clarke, Alistair


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Alistair's research interests focus on transboundary water cooperation and international law. He has published several books in recent years that examine the role of key water law instruments, including the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention and the UNECE Water Convention. In addition he has published numerous journal papers, including three recent papers that explore the procedural aspects of implementing transboundary water treaty arrangements. Alistair has led and participated in numerous international multi-discplinary research projects, wherein he has sought to explore the role and relevance of legal instruments to transboundary water cooperation. 


Alistair's teaching responsibilities include the provision of a postgraduate module related to International Law of Freshwater Resources, and introductory lectures pertaining to Public International Law. The International Law of Freshwater Resources module examines the most salient rules and principles pertaining to transboundary (State-State) freshwater resources, including equitable and reasonable utilisation, no significant harm, notification and consultation, environmental impact assessment, joint institutional arrangements and dispute settlement mechanisms. Alistair has also conducted numerous professional training events related to international water law, including a 4-day annual international workshop which is held at the University of Dundee.  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, International Law and Sustainable Development - What lessons from the law of international watercourses

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

Master of Laws, International law and sustainable development

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000

Bachelor of Laws

Award Date: 1 Jan 1997


  • K Law (General)
  • International Law
  • Environment
  • Water Resources
  • Treaty Effectiveness
  • Compliance and Enforcement


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