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Catherine Brölmann
President of Scientific Committee

Catherine is an associate professor of international law at the University of Amsterdam. She has lectured and published on a variety of topics, including international water law, collective human rights, international organizations and the interplay between national and international law. Dr. Brölmann has been a visiting professor at the University of Bologna; a visiting lecturer at the University of Helsinki and the University of London; a visiting researcher at the University of Cambridge and the Humboldt University of Berlin; she has acted as amicus curiae to the Court of Appeal in The Hague. She earned a Ph.D in law in 2005, an LL.M specialising in public international law and European law in 1992, and a Master of Italian literature and romance linguistics in 1988, all from University of Amsterdam.

Florian Thevenon
Vice President of Scientific Committee

Florian, Scientific Officer at WaterLex work focuses on water and wastewater governance, Integrated Water Resource Management, and SDG6 compliance with human rights standards. He worked in several applied research areas, including freshwater ecosystems, environmental policy, climate change and land use. He holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Aix-Marseille. His research focused on the reconstruction of climate variations and human impact on the environment and water cycle. He published more than 40 peer-review articles on water quality assessment in Africa, America, Asia and Europe. He also worked as a consultant for IUCN Marine Group on plastic pollution and Blue Carbon.

Amanda Loeffen
Secretary of Scientific Committee

Amanda, Director General at WaterLex, prior to joining WaterLex she led a water resource project management company in New Zealand, where she oversaw the design, environmental consent and multistakeholder engagement for a large community-owned irrigation scheme. She also has experience in raising funds, developing businesses and leading people in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She holds an MBA in finance from Chicago Booth University, USA and has a Bachelor Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of Surrey in the UK.


Yves Etienne

Yves is one of our board members. He has been working with various private companies in the field of water supply. In 1985, he joined the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) successively as Head of Water programs, Head of the Training Division and Head of the Assistance Division at ICRC. During his 27-year long career at the ICRC, he gained an extensive experience in the management of acute humanitarian crises. He is a licensed geologist-geophysicist and he completed his specialisation in hydrogeology in Spain and his post-graduation in Public Health in Geneva.

Dirk Hanschel

Dirk worked as a research associate of Eibe Riedel at the University of Mannheim. This was accompanied by the awarding of venia legendi for the subjects of public law, international law, European law and comparative law. In 2015 he teaches at the University of Aberdeen having specialized in Environmental and Energy Law and the Chair of German, European and International Public Law. Since the 2015 summer semester, Dirk has been the chair of the German, European and International Public Law at the University of Halle-Wittenberg. His main research interests lie in the protection of human rights, environmental and energy law, the right of international organizations and comparative constitutional law.

Makane Moise Mbengue

Associate Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva, and a Visiting Professor at Sciences Po Paris (School of Law). Mbengue holds a Ph.D. in Public International Law and he has acted and acts as expert for the African Union, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the UNEP, WHO, the World Bank, ILO and the IISD. He is the author of several publications in the field of international water law and the law of sustainable development.

Francois Muenger

Former head of Global Programs Water Initiatives (SDC) for over 15 years. He holds a master in mineralogy& geophysics from University of Lausanne, a master in hydrogeology from University of Neuchatel and a European MSc. in environmental engineering and biotechnology from the EPFL Swiss, as well as a CAS in geological hazard University of Geneva. He worked previously as a scientific researcher for the EPFL, as director of a dams & deep boreholes project in Africa, as Chief of SDC Water Program in Central America and as Senior Water Specialist in the World Bank.


Sharmila Murthy

Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Sharmila received her JD from Harvard Law School, her MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, and her BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University. She is particularly interested in examining legal and policy barriers to equitable water access and sustainable water management. In 2014, Sharmila was selected as a finalist for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation.

Rose Osinde Alabaster

Programme Director of WaterLex, Rose’s expertise on right to water and understanding of the complex inter-relations between agencies, governments and civil society, especially on improving governance and institutional development. Before joining WaterLex, she worked as a governance specialist for the Urban Sanitation Portfolio Projects for the Africa Development Bank (with the Africa Water Facility).  Previous assignments focused on undertaking WASH programme/ projects with a wide variety of partners in Africa and Europe. She holds Masters degrees in communications and in conflict resolution and water governance from the University of Bradford, UK.

Salman Salman

Editor-in-Chief of International Water Law Journal, and a Fellow with the International Water Resources Association (IWRA). Until 2009, he served as the World Bank Adviser on Water Law and Policy. Prior to that he worked as a Legal Officer with the International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations (IFAD) in Rome, Italy, and taught law at the University of Khartoum in Sudan. 



Eibe Riedel

President of the Board of WaterLex, former Member and Vice-President of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. He is co-editor of the book Contemporary Issues and Challenges, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in International Law published in 2014 by Oxford University Press. Professor Riedel has been appointed a Judge at The Hague Permanent Court of Arbitration and is the former Swiss Chair of Human Rights at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, and Professor of International, European and Comparative Public Law(emeritus) and a director of the Institute of Transportation and Inland Navigation Law at the University of Mannheim.

Miguel Solanes

Former water law advisor to the UN and former member of Technical Advisory Committee, GWP. Member of High Level Panel that advised UNDP on water and human development.  Consultant to UN, World Bank, IDB, FAO, UNESCO, and several countries.  Expertise in water law, water utilities: structure, regulation, conditionality’s, international investment agreements, water, and water utilities.

Mara Tignino

Mara TIGNINO (Ph.D., Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies) is Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva and Coordinator of the Platform for International Water Law at the Geneva Water Hub. Ms. Tignino acts as an expert and legal adviser for States,  international and non-governmental organizations . She is regularly invited to international conferences organised by Swiss and foreign universities and has given training workshops in Africa, Middle East, South Asia and South America.


Lenka Kruckova

Lenka manages our NHRI Water Initiative programme, and coordinates legal research projects for WaterLex. Prior to her work with WaterLex, she served as executive editor of the Utrecht Journal of International and European Law. She also took part in the International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights at the Université du Québec à Montréal where she co-authored a memorandum on the legal framework and existing accountability mechanisms in relation to Canadian mining operations in Canada and abroad. Lenka holds an LL.M. in public international law from Utrecht University, Netherlands and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and international law from UQÀM, Canada.