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South-South Series: Transboundary Aquifers between International Water Law and the Human Right to Water

Event description

On September 7th, an online webinar on Transboundary Aquifers between International Water Law and the Human Right to Water will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 am (GMT+2).

During this event, Dr. Imad Antoine Ibrahim will discuss the interplay between international law applicable to transboundary aquifers and the human right to water and sanitation.

After the presentation, an open discussion and Q&A session will be held with online participants.

Further details

The webinar aims to explore the interplay between international law applicable to transboundary aquifers and the human right to water and sanitation. Despite its relevance, this topic has only recently started to receive attention in the literature. Previous discussions have mainly focused on transboundary surface water, overlooking the fact that two-thirds of the world’s freshwater resources are found in groundwaters. As a result, it is crucial for the international community, states, organizations, civil society, and citizens to come together and discuss this issue.

This one-hour webinar will include an online Q&A session, providing participants with the opportunity to engage and seek further clarification on the topic.

Speaker

Imad Antoine Ibrahim is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Law & Governance at Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability (CSTM), Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences (BMS).

He has been working on global issues from a legal perspective for the last decade. He is currently involved in several projects in places such as Europe, South Africa, MENA region, Central Asia, and China.

In the past, he was a Non-Resident Research Fellow at the Center for Innovation in Gas Research and Utilization (CIGRU) & Institute of Water Security and Science (IWSS), West Virginia University, United States; a visiting researcher at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), Washington, DC, United States, a Junior Fellow in the Global Research Network Think Tank, United Kingdom and an Early Stage Researcher at the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT), Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

He was also a resident research fellow at the Center for United Nations Constitutional Research – CUNCR, Brussels, Belgium and an Energy policy expert at the Lebanese Oil & Gas Initiative – LOGI, Beirut, Lebanon. He worked as an EU Commission Marie Curie Fellow at Tsinghua University School of Law, THCEREL—Center for Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Law, at the CRAES—Chinese Research Academy on Environmental Sciences in Beijing (China) and at the Business School, Research Center for Climate Change and Trade and at Beijing Normal University.

He worked as a researcher in several European and Italian institutes and universities such as the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) and Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale, Novara. He was a trainee lawyer at Al Jad Law Firm reviewing international conventions related to energy.

He holds a Phd in Law from the Institute of Law, Politics and Development (DIRPOLIS), Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy; a Master in European Interdisciplinary Studies, from the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium, and a Bachelor in Law from the Lebanese University “Filiere Francophone de Droit”, Beirut, Lebanon.

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