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Gabriel Eckstein
Professor of Law
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Courses: Water Law, Oil & Gas Law, Property Law, International Environmental Law, Law & Science, Public International Law


Professor Eckstein joined the law faculty in 2010. Previously, he was a law professor at Texas Tech University School of Law where he held the George W. McCleskey Chair in Water Law and directed the Texas Tech Center for Water Law & Policy. Before entering academia, Professor Eckstein served as senior counsel for CropLife America, an agrichemical trade association, working on environmental regulation and legislative matters. And before that, he worked as a litigator in private practice on environmental, toxic tort and asbestos cases.

Professor Eckstein’s research focuses on natural resources and environmental issues at both the national and international levels, as well as on the interrelationship of law and science. His recent publications have addresses endangered species challenged to oil and gas development, climate change challenges to the management of global water resources, and the international law of transboundary aquifers. Professor Eckstein also serves as an expert advisor and consultant on US and international environmental and water law issues and has worked with the United Nations, US Agency for International Development, World Commission on Dams, Organization of American States, International Association of Hydrogeologists, and various local water entities in the United States. Professor Eckstein also directs the Internet-based International Water Law Project and is currently on the executive board of the International Water Resources Association.

Professor Eckstein holds J.D. and LL.M. degrees from American University where he served as recent developments editor of the American University International Law Review. He also earned an M.S. in International Affairs from Florida State University and a B.A. in Geology from Kent State University. He is admitted to the bars of New York, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Selected Publications

“Cooperative Transboundary Mechanism,” in Transboundary Water Governance: Adaptation to Climate Change, pp. ___ (J. Roberts and J.C. S├ínchez, Eds., International Union for the Conservation of Nature, forthcoming 2014) (co-authored with Alena Drieschova, University of Toronto)

“Minute 319: A Cooperative Approach to Mexico-U.S. Hydro-Relations on the Colorado River,” Water International (forthcoming 2014) (co-authored with Regina M. Buono)

“The Law of Transboundary Aquifers: Many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still,” Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law (forthcoming 2014) (co-authored with Dr. Francesco Sindico, University of Strathclyde)

“Endangered Species in the Oil Patch: Challenges and Opportunities for the Oil and Gas Industry,” Texas A&M Law Review, Vol. 1, pp. 379–409 (2013) (co-authored with Jesse Snyder, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld), available at [SSRN]

“Rethinking Transboundary Ground Water Resources Management: A Local Approach along the Mexico-US Border, ” 25 Georgetown International Environmental Law Review 95 (2013). [SSRN] [Westlaw]

"Emerging EPA Regulation of Pharmaceuticals in the Environment," 42 Environmental Law Reporter News & Analysis 11105 (2012).  [Westlaw]

“The Greening of Water Law” UN Environmental Programme (forthcoming 2010). [SSRN]

“Water Scarcity, Conflict, and Security in a Climate Change World: Challenges and Opportunities for International Law and Policy,” 27 Wisconsin International Law Journal 409 (2010). [Hein] [LexisNexis] [Westlaw] 

“Organophosphates, Friend and Foe: The Promise of Medical Monitoring for Farm Workers and Their Families,” 27 UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy 39 (2009) (with Adriane Busby [formerly with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency]).  [Hein] [LexisNexis] [Westlaw]

“Chapter 1: Scientific, Legal, and Ethical Foundations for Texas Water Law,” Texas Law of Water Resources 5-35 (with Amy Hardberger [Environmental Defense]) (M. Sahs, ed. 2009).

“State Practice in the Management and Allocation of Transboundary Ground Water Resources in North America,” 18 Yearbook of International Environmental Law 2007 96 (2008) (with Amy Hardberger [Environmental Defense]).

“Commentary on the U.N. International Law Commission's Draft Articles on the Law of Transboundary Aquifers,” 18 Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy 537 (2007). [Hein] [LexisNexis] [Westlaw] 

“Precious, Worthless, or Incalculable: The Value and Ethic of Water,” introductory essay to Proceedings of the Symposium–Precious, Worthless, or Incalculable: The Value and Ethic of Water Vol. 1, 38 Texas Tech Law Review 963 (2006). [Hein] [LexisNexis] [Westlaw]


View Professor Eckstein’s curriculum vitae.