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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-disicplinary 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 postgrduate module related to International Law of Freshwater Resources, and introductory lectures pertaining to Public International Law. The Internatioanl 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.  

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Dundee

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

Master of Laws, University of Dundee

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000

Bachelor of Laws, University of Dundee

Award Date: 1 Jan 1997


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

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    139 Downloads (Pure)


    Allan, A., Hendry, S. & Rieu-Clarke, A., 2017, Routledge Handbook of Water Law and Policy. Taylor & Francis, p. 395-405 11 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Routledge Handbook of Water Law and Policy

    Rieu-Clarke, A. (ed.), Allan, A. (ed.) & Hendry, S. (ed.), 2 Feb 2017, United Kingdom: Routledge. 410 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
  • 12 Citations (Scopus)

    Remarks on the drafting history of the Convention

    Rieu-Clarke, A., 2015, The UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes : its contribution to international water cooperation. Tanzi, A., McIntyre, O., Kolliopoulos, A., Rieu-Clarke, A. & Kinna, R. (eds.). Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, p. 1-14 14 p. (International water law series; vol. 4).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Press / Media

    Support for UN Water Treaty Accelerates

    Alistair Rieu-Clarke


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research


    A fresh approach to international law in the field of sustainable development : what lessons from the law of international water courses?

    Author: Rieu-Clarke, A. S., 2004

    Supervisor: Wouters, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy