Former Team Members

Dr. Bjørn-Oliver Magsig

Areas of Expertise and Research

  • Public International Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Water Law
  • Natural Resources and International Security

Curriculum Vitae

2012 - 2016

Research fellow at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ

2011 - 2012

Consultant for the 'UN Watercourses Convention Global Initiative' of WWF and the IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science

2008 - 2012

PhD student at the IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science (under the auspices of UNESCO), University of Dundee (Scotland)
Degree: PhD in International Water Law
PhD thesis: International Water Law and the Quest for Common Security

2007 - 2008

Student at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee (Scotland)
Degree: LLM in Environmental Law and Policy (with distinction)
Master thesis: The Future of Global Climate Change Policy – Rethinking Common but Differentiated Responsibilities

06/2007 - 12/2007

Research assistant for the 'Brahmatwinn' project (governance-mapping activities within transboundary river basins; Danube and Brahmaputra) at the IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science

2002 - 2006

Student at the University of Applied Sciences Trier, Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld
Degree: Diploma in Business- and Environmental Law
Diploma thesis: Nachhaltige Entwicklung durch Flexibilisierung der naturschutzrechtlichen Eingriffsregelung [Sustainable Development through Improved Flexibility of the Impact Regulation under Nature Protection Law] (German)

Current Projects 

Integrated Project 'Water scarcity'
Research group 'International Environmental Law'
European Environmental Law Forum

Water Diplomacy: Making Water Cooperation Work


  • European Society of International Law (ESIL)
  • International Law Association (ILA)
  • IUCN Commission on Environmental Law (CEL)
  • CEL Specialist Group on Water and Wetlands (SGWW)
  • International Association for Water Law (AIDA)
  • Society of Legal Scholars (SLS)
  • Arbeitskreis junger Völkerrechtswissenschaftler*innen (AjV)


Magsig, B.-O. (2015): International Water Law and the Quest for Common Security. Routledge.

Magsig, B.-O. (2015): Water Security in Himalayan Asia: First Stirrings of Regional Cooperation? Water International 40, 342.

Moynihan, R. and Magsig, B.-O. (2014): The Rising Role of Regional Approaches in International Water Law: Lessons from the UNECE Water Regime and Himalayan Asia for Strengthening Transboundary Water Cooperation. Review of European Community & International Environmental Law 23, 43.

Magsig, B.-O. (2014): Pushing the Boundaries: Rethinking International Law in Light of the Common Concern for Water Security, in Sancin, V. and Kovič Dine, M. (eds), International Environmental Law: Contemporary Concerns and Challenges in 2014. GZ Založba.

Magsig, B.-O. (2013): Water Insecurity: A Change Agent for International Water Law Reform. Global Dialogue 15, 1.

Magsig, B.-O. (2012): Rising to the Challenge of Water Security: International (Water) Law in Need of Refinement. International Journal of Sustainable Society 4, 28.

Rieu-Clarke, A.; Moynihan, R. and Magsig, B.-O. (2012): UN Watercourses Convention: User's Guide. IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science.

Magsig, B.-O. (2011): Overcoming State-Centrism in International Water Law: 'Regional Common Concern' as the Normative Foundation of Water Security. Göttingen Journal of International Law 3, 317.

Magsig, B.-O. (2009): Introducing an Analytical Framework for Water Security: A Platform for the Refinement of International Water Law. Journal of Water Law 20, 61.

Wouters, P.; Vinogradov, S. and Magsig, B.-O. (2009): Water Security, Hydrosolidarity and International Law: A River Runs through It ... Yearbook of International Environmental Law 19, 97.