FORT WORTH, Texas, May 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Given the impact of his research and scholarship, amassed over a twenty-year career as a lawyer and educator, Texas A&M University School of Law Professor Gabriel Eckstein was recently appointed Chair of the International Scientific Committee for the XVI World Water Congress, taking place in Cancun, Mexico, May 29-June 2, 2017.
This triennial event, organized by the International Water Resources Association, typically draws a multidisciplinary audience of 800-1,200 water professionals and government officials from around the world. The chosen theme for the XVI World Water Congress is "Bridging Science and Policy."
In his role as International Scientific Committee Chair, Eckstein will oversee the development of the Congress' thematic framework and the selection process for presentations, special sessions, and keynote speakers. He will also facilitate coordination of the Congress program with other global water-related activities, including with the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change scheduled for Morocco in November 2016, and the 8th World Water Forum planned for Brazil in 2018.
Eckstein, who also holds a degree in Geology, said "In the 45-year history of the Congress, this post was typically reserved for a high level water scientist. It is a tremendous honor to be the first legal scholar to serve in this role."
Eckstein's recent research has focused on international and transboundary water law and policy, ground water management and regulations, the water-energy nexus, and pharmaceuticals in the environment, and he regularly advises UN agencies, local water entities, private companies, and other groups on these issues. Eckstein also serves on the Graduate Faculties of the Texas A&M Water Management & Hydrological Science program and the Texas A&M Energy Institute, is a member of the Executive Council of the International Association for Water Law, and is a former Executive Board member of the International Water Resources Association. He also serves as an Associate Editor for Brill Research Perspectives: International Water Law and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Water Law.