IUCN COMMISSION GROUP

IUCN WCEL Water and Wetlands Law Specialist Group

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Overview and description

Description:
Water and Wetlands Law The IUCN WCEL Water and Wetlands Law Specialist Group leads initiatives for the development and application of water law to achieve ecosystem protection at national, regional ...
Water and Wetlands Law The IUCN WCEL Water and Wetlands Law Specialist Group leads initiatives for the development and application of water law to achieve ecosystem protection at national, regional, and international levels.

Group leadership

Dr Michael HANTKE-DOMAS

Deputy Chair
Dr. Michael Hantke Domas is an internationally recognized lawyer for his professional and academic practice in water law, natural resources law and environmental law. His experience stems from more ...
Dr. Michael Hantke Domas is an internationally recognized lawyer for his professional and academic practice in water law, natural resources law and environmental law. His experience stems from more than 25 years of experience as a judge, academic, lawyer, public servant, international official and consultant. Dr. Hantke Domas holds an LLB from Universidad Andrés Bello (Santiago, Chile), and a PhD from the ESRC Center for Competition Policy and the Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia (Norwich, United Kingdom). Dr. Hantke Domas served as Justice of the Third Environment Court (Valdivia, Chile) for 6 years (2013-2019). During this period, he was the first president of the Court, and in that capacity, he led its installation. Likewise, he has practised in two major law firms in Chile, and he has served as legal advisor for the Minitry of Public Works (Chile) and the Chilean Water Services Regulation Authority. Today he works as a lawyer and senior international consultant. He is an Associate Professor of Water Law at San Sebastián University (Valdivia, C:hile), and honorary associate of the ESRC Center for Competition Policy and the Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia (Norwich, United Kingdom). He is author of an extensive list of publications, and is constantly invited to seminars and congress around the world. Furthermore, he is a member of the International Association for Water Law, the European Environmental Law Forum, and the Chilean Association of Environmental Law.

Mr Stefano BURCHI

Chair

Stefano Burchi is an expert in comparative and international water law. From 1983 to 2008, he served in the Development Law Service of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization where he concluded his ...

Stefano Burchi is an expert in comparative and international water law. From 1983 to 2008, he served in the Development Law Service of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization where he concluded his tenure as Service Chief. While at FAO, Mr. Burchi served as in-house legal expert and advisor on domestic and international water law to FAO member countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. His work included reviewing, analysing, and drafting principal and subsidiary water resources legislation, training in water law, and advising on legal and institutional arrangements for transboundary freshwaters. In addition, Mr. Burchi advised various organizations and programs on global and transboundary water issues, including the U.N. International Law Commission, UNESCO/ISARM Programme, and the World Bank. Since retiring from FAO, Mr. Burchi has taken up a variety of water law consultancies with UNESCO, FAO, GEF, the EU (SWIM-SM) and the governments of Bhutan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, the United Arab Emirates, the Palestinian Authority, and Qatar. He has also assumed the chairmanship of the International Association for Water Law. Mr. Burchi has authored numerous publications on water resources law and administration, including FAO Legislative Study Nos. 52 and 80 on “Preparing national regulations for water resources management: Principles and Practice”, and Legislative Study No. 86 on “Groundwater in International Law – Compilation of Treaties and Other Legal Instruments”. Since 1995, he has contributed an annual Fresh Water section to the “Year in Review” feature of the Yearbook of International Environmental Law, and since 2001, an annual comparative water law Year-End-Review to the Journal of Water Law. Mr. Burchi holds an LL.B. from La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, and an M.S. from the University of Michigan. He is fluent in English, French, Italian, and Spanish.

At a glance

Official name:
IUCN WCEL Water and Wetlands Law Specialist Group