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Prof Alistair Rieu-Clarke


Department: Northumbria Law School

Professor Rieu-Clarke's research interests lie in the interface between international law, sustainable development and transboundary waters. Alistair’s research has taken him to many of the major transboundary river basins in the world, and he has conducted several major multi-disciplinary research projects in Europe, Southern and Eastern Africa, Central America and South-East Asia.  Since September 2017, Alistair has been working as a legal advisor to one of the UN agencies responsible for the implementation of the SDGs, namely the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). As well as working for UNECE on SDG6.5.2 (transboundary water cooperation), Alistair has assisted in the implementation of the pilot reporting mechanism under the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes.  

Alistair Rieu-Clarke

Campus Address

Room 343, City Campus East
School of Law, Northumbria University


Law PhD September 01 2004

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Can reporting enhance transboundary water cooperation? Early insights from the Water Convention and the Sustainable Development Goals reporting exercise, Rieu-clarke, A. 15 Jun 2020, In: Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law
  • The duty to take appropriate measures to prevent significant transboundary harm and private companies, Rieu-Clarke, A. 23 Sep 2020, In: International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics
  • Monitoring water resources governance progress globally, Bertule, M., Glennie, P., Bjørnsen, P., Lloyd, G., Kjellen, M., Dalton, J., Rieu-Clarke, A., Romano, O., Tropp, H., Newton, J., Harlin, J. 27 Nov 2018, In: Water (Switzerland)
  • The role of valuation and bargaining in optimising transboundary watercourse treaty regimes, Rieu-Clarke, A. Jun 2018, In: International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics
  • A multi-disciplinary analysis of the risks and opportunities of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam for wider cooperation in the Nile, Yihdeo, Z., Rieu-Clarke, A., Cascão, A. 30 Oct 2017, The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the Nile Basin, London, Taylor & Francis
  • International law developments on the sharing of Blue Nile waters, Yihdeo, Z., Rieu-Clarke, A. 30 Oct 2017, The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the Nile Basin , Taylor & Francis
  • Routledge Handbook of Water Law and Policy, Rieu-Clarke, A., Allan, A., Hendry, S. 2 Feb 2017
  • The Governance Regime of the Mekong River Basin - Can the Global Water Conventions Strengthen the 1995 Mekong Agreement?, Rieu-Clarke, A., Kinna, R. 12 May 2017, In: Brill Research Perspectives in International Water Law
  • The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the Nile Basin, Yihdeo, Z., Rieu-Clarke, A., Cascão, A. 30 Oct 2017
  • The treaty architecture for the governance of transboundary aquifers, lakes and rivers, Rieu-Clarke, A. 2 Feb 2017, Routledge Handbook of Water Law and Policy, Abingdon, UK & New York, USA, Taylor & Francis

PGR Supervision

  • Panithan Thiempetch Start: 13/11/2017
  • Mohsen Nagheeby Anarchy and the Law of International Watercourses: Unpacking the role of equitable and reasonable utilization principle towards water conflict transformation Start: 21/01/2019
  • Laure-Elise Mayard Start: 21/01/2019

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