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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

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. 1 Nov 2020, In: Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law
  • The devil’s in the details: data exchange in transboundary waters, Mukuyu, P., Lautze, J., Rieu-Clarke, A., Saruchera, D., McCartney, M. 2020, In: Water International
  • The duty to take appropriate measures to prevent significant transboundary harm and private companies: insights from transboundary hydropower projects, Rieu-Clarke, A. 1 Dec 2020, In: International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics
  • Monitoring water resources governance progress globally: Experiences from monitoring SDG indicator 6.5.1 on integrated water resources management implementation, 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: Implications for Transboundary Water Cooperation, Yihdeo, Z., Rieu-Clarke, A., Cascão, A. 30 Oct 2017

PGR Supervision

  • Panithan Thiempetch Procedural Obligations of States Presented in International Law When Proposing Hydropower Development Project in the Lower Mekong Basin Through the Xayaburi Project Case Study Start Date: 13/11/2017
  • Mohsen Nagheeby Anarchy and the Law of International Watercourses: Unpacking the role of equitable and reasonable utilization principle in the pursuit of water conflict transformation Start Date: 21/01/2019
  • Laure-Elise Mayard Reinterpreting the interlinkages between international law branches: contributing to integrated sustainable development through a transnational law approach to hydropower on the Mekong River. Start Date: 21/01/2019


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