Gabriel E. Eckstein

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New York, NY 10019
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Gabriel E. Eckstein, of counsel, is a member of the Environment & Natural Resources and Water Resource Development Groups in the firm’s New York office. He also serves as Professor of Law specializing in water, environmental, natural resources and international law at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition, he is CEO of International H2O Solutions, an international consultancy focusing on legal, policy and management issues related to global and transboundary fresh water resource, and is Director of the International Water Law Project. Previously, Professor Eckstein worked as Senior Counsel for CropLife America, an agrochemicals industry trade association; prior to that, he was a litigator in private practice working on environmental, toxic tort and asbestos cases.

Professor Eckstein advises clients in matters related to the management and allocation of fresh water resources. He provides counsel on water-related legal and policy issues, and represents clients in disputes involving the availability, use and quality of water resources. He also assists clients in pursuing opportunities involving water conservation and related renewable energy technologies.

Professor Eckstein holds both a J.D and LL.M. in Environmental Law from American University, a M.S. in International Affairs from Florida State University and a Bachelor Degree in Geology from Kent State University.

Representative Client Work

  • Advised the UN Development Programme and Government of Azerbaijan on international legal standards for integrated water resources management and provided recommendations for amending Azerbaijan legislation related to water supply, irrigation, flood management, and climate change
  • Drafted statutes for a new ground water commission under the auspices of the African Ministers’ Council on Water
  • Led interdisciplinary team examining the scientific, legal and policy aspects of micropollutants, pharmaceuticals and personal care products in municipaldrinking water supply in a $433,000 project funded by the USEPA
  • Served as Neutral Legal Advisor in Geneva Initiative-sponsored Track II negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians on transboundary water issues
  • Assessed compliance of USAID housing loan guarantee program with federal and internal environmental standards and procedures, and developed recommendations for monitoring institutional compliance
  • Advised Groundwater Conservation Districts in Texas on water law and legislative issues related to the formation, operation and authority of such Districts
  • Advised national agrochemical trade association on environmental laws concerning agricultural chemicals and biotechnology, food safety, air and water pollution and endangered species, as well as on corporate, antitrust and other trade association operational matters
  • Represented clients in multi-million dollar toxic tort litigation involving personal injury and property damage related to coal mining and logging operations

Client Advisories

News & Publications

Seminars & Presentations

  • "Groundwater Management," International Water Resources Association and the Qingdao Hydrological Bureau, Qingdao, China (December 6-8, 2012)
  • "Regional Consultation on Groundwater Governance Devoted to the Asia and Pacific Region," UNESCO Beijing Office (December 3-5, 2012)
  • "The Clean Water Act at 40: Under-Enforced and Out of Date," Society of Environmental Journalists' 22nd Annual Conference, Lubbock, Texas (October 20, 2012)
  • "Climate Change and International Water Law," International Symposium on Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources in Arid and Semi-arid Regions, Xi’an, China, (October 21-23, 2011)
  • "Greening Water Law: Managing Freshwater Resources for People and the Environment," International Water Resources Association XIVth World Water Congress, Porto de Galinhas, Brazil (September 25-29, 2011)
  • "Managing and Regulating PPCPs in Our Fresh Water Systems: A Legal Remedy?," Conference: Disruption – New Pollutants in the Potomac and Beyond, Potomac Conservancy, Silver Spring, MD (June 3, 2011)
  • "Cooperation Over Transboundary Waters and the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention," International Conference: Towards the 6th World Water Forum – Cooperative Actions for Water Security, Tashkent, Uzbekistan (May 12-13, 2011)
  • Keynote Speaker, Conference: The Human Right to Water in the West, Willamette Univ. School of Law, Salem, OR (February 3-5, 2011)
  • "Water Ethics: Your Role as a Water Lawyer," Keynote Presentation, 11th Annual Changing Face of Water Rights Course, Texas State Bar Association, Austin, TX (April 9, 2010)



Bar & Court Admissions

  • New York, 1996


  • LL.M., American University Washington College of Law, 1997
  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law, 1995
  • M.S., Florida State University, 1991
  • B.A., Kent State University, 1989

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Treasurer and Member of the Executive Board, International Water Resources Association (2010-2015)
  • Advisory Board, Water Policy Institute (2009-present)
  • Member, Executive Council, International Association for Water Law (2011-present)
  • Member, American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy & Resources
  • Member, International Association of Hydrogeologists
  • Member, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Commission on Environmental Law