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Dr Owen McIntyre


Name: Dr Owen McIntyre


Role: Professor

Academic Unit: School of Law

30 years’ experience in Environmental Law & Water Law; acted as a consultant for such clients as World Bank, UNEP, UNDP, ADB, EU Commission, GIZ and SIDA. Chair, IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law’s Specialist Group on Water and Wetlands; Member of the Project Complaints Mechanism of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD); Former Member Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency.

Thematic Expertise

Environmental Law; Water Resources Law

Geographical Expertise

Southern Africa; East Africa; South East Asia; Central & Eastern Europe

Relevant Projects

Marine Institute (2017): Marine Research Programme 2014-2020:

UCC School of Law / MaREI Navigate Project on Ocean Law and Marine Governance


The UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes: Its Contribution to International Water Cooperation (Brill, Leiden, 2015), A. Tanzi, O. McIntyre, A. Kolliopoulos, A. Rieu-Clarke and R. Kinna (eds.):

A History of Water: Sovereignty and International Water Law, (History of Water, Vol. 2, Series 3, I.B. Tauris, forthcoming 2015), T. Tvedt, O. McIntyre, T, Kasse Woldetsadik (eds.):

Environmental Protection of International Watercourses under International Law (Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot, 2007).  [translated by Prof. Qin, Tianbao, School of Law, Wuhan University and published by Intellectual Property Publishing House, Beijing, 2014]

'The Protection of Freshwater Ecosystems Revisited: Towards a Common Understanding of the "Ecosystems Approach" to the Protection of Transboundary Water Resources under International Law', (2014) 23/1 Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law 88-95.

‘’The Human Right to Water and Reform of the Irish Water Services Sector’’, (2014) 5/1 Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, Special Edition on ‘’Water, Human Rights and the Environment’’, 74-101.

‘’Environmental Regulation and the Normativisation of Global Environmental Governance: The Promise of Order from Chaos’’, (2018) 9/4 Journal of Property, Planning and Environmental Law (forthcoming).

Centre for Global Development