Scientific Committee

Dirk Hanschel
Chairman of the Scientific Committee
Dirk is a member of WaterLex Scientific Committee in the past year and has been very committed. Dirk is a German lawyer and university professor at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. He completed his master’s degree in 1999 at the Universities of Manheim and Adelaide with the title Master of Comparative Law and the grade summa cum laude. jur. doctorate. From 2010 to 2012, Hanschel represented chairs at the universities of Trier, Münster, Göttingen, Würzburg and Hanover. From 2013 to 2015, Hanshel Reader was at the University of Aberdeen. Since the summer semester 2015, Hanschel holds the ordinary chair of German, European and International Public Law at the University of Halle-Wittenberg. His main research interest is human rights protection, environmental and energy law, the law of international organizations and comparative constitutional law.
Yves Etienne
Vice Chairman of the Scientific Committee
Yves is one of our board members. He has been working for the International Committtee of the Red Cross (ICRC) since 1985, successively as Head of the Water and Sanitation Unit (1985-1995). He is the Former 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.
Amanda Loeffen
Secretary of Scientific Committee
Director General, WaterLex - A water governance expert, leading a qualified team of lawyers, policy makers, and technical experts with expertise in water law and policy at WaterLex. Prior to joining WaterLex, Amanda directed a water resource project management company in New Zealand, where she oversaw the design, environmental consent and multi-stakeholder engagement for a large community-owned hydro-irrigation scheme. She has also worked in business management in the private sector, predominantly in natural resources. She has a BSc (hons) in Chemistry from the UK, and an MBA in finance from Chicago Booth University.
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.
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.
Eibe Riedel
President of the Board of WaterLex, former Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, He is co-editor of the book Contemporary Issues and Challenges, published in May 2014 by Oxford University Pres. Professor Riedel has been appointed a Judge at The Hague Permanent Court of Arbitration and is the Swiss Chair of the International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law Academy (Geneva), Law Professor at the University of Mannheim.
François Münger
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.
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.
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 Office 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.
Ania Grobicki
Currently water expert in the land and water division at the FAO, she is the Coordinating Lead Author of the freshwater component for the UNEP Global Environmental Outlook to be published in 2019. Dr. Ania Grobicki served as the Deputy Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention from March 2015 to March 2017. Previously she was the Executive Secretary of the Global Water Partnership, managing the world-wide multi-stakeholder network and its global secretariat, based in Sweden. Dr Grobicki holds degrees in Chemical Engineering and in Economics, and a PhD in Biotechnology.
Anders B. Johnson
Anders Johnsson was for 16 years the Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). He took a leading role in helping to modernise the century old organization, develop its democracy activities and provide a parliamentary interface to the United Nations. Prior to the IPU, Anders Johnsson worked in the humanitarian field. He held senior positions in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Honduras, Pakistan, Sudan and Vietnam and was Senior Legal Advisor at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. He studied law at the University of Lund, Sweden and pursued post graduate studies in law and development at the College of Europe in Bruge, Belgium, and New York University. He is married to a Mexican journalist and currently works as a consultant, dividing his time between Sweden and Mexico.
Philippe Cullet
Philippe Cullet is a senior visiting fellow at CPR and professor of international and environmental law at the School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London (SOAS). He is also a founding research director and convenor at the International Environmental Law Research Centre (IELRC). He has published widely in the fields of environmental law, natural resources, human rights, and the socio-economic aspects of intellectual property. His current research includes work on water law and governance with a particular focus on groundwater, drinking water, sanitation, and institutional reforms; equity in environmental law; biodiversity, including benefit sharing and biosafety; and justice, with a particular focus on environmental and water rights.
Maria Querol
María Querol (Ph.D. and D.E.S., Graduate International and Development Studies) is an independent international law consultant. Prior to moving to the United States, she was an Associate Professor of International Law at Austral University in Buenos Aires, where she taught for ten years. She was also a legal counsel at the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Commerce and Cult and a legal consultant for various international joint river commissions, international organisations and international development banks. In addition, she has been a guest lecturer at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She currently advises WaterLex on diverse legal issues. Aside from her expertise in other areas of International Law, María has published widely in International Water Law, both in her country, Argentina, and abroad. She is a member of the American Society of International Law, the Asian Society of International Law, the International Law Association and of IUCN’s Commission on Environmental Law.