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Stephen C. McCaffrey

Stephen McCaffrey

Distinguished Professor of Law
B.A., University of Colorado
J.D., University of California, Berkeley
Dr. iur., University of Cologne, Germany


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Professor McCaffrey is one of the world's foremost authorities on international water law. He was a member of the United Nations International Law Commission from 1982-91 and chaired that prestigious organization’s 1987-88 session, only the third American to do so. He served as special rapporteur for the commission’s draft articles on the law of the non-navigational uses of international watercourses, which formed the basis of the 1997 U.N. Convention on the subject. Professor McCaffrey was Counselor on International Law in the State Department in 1984-85 and represents countries in disputes before the International Court of Justice and other fora. He also advises the Palestinians in connection with the Permanent Status talks with Israel and is Legal Adviser to the Nile River Basin Negotiation Committee. Professor McCaffey has taught at McGeorge since 1977. He has published numerous law review articles and has authored or co-authored several books, including the casebook, International Environmental Law, the treatisse, The Law of International Watercourses, and Understanding International Law.

Courses: Conflict of Laws, International Water Resources Law Seminar, International Environmental Law, Transnational Litigation

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