Gabriel Eckstein is a professor of law at Texas A&M University School of Law where he teaches courses on US and international water, environmental, and natural resources law. He also serves as Director of the law school's Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources Systems Law Program and its Environmental & Natural Resources Systems Law Clinic. At the university, he holds affiliations with the University's Water Management and Hydrological Science Program, Energy Institute, Bush School of Government and Public Service, and Center for Health Systems & Design at the College of Architecture. Prior to joining Texas A&M University, Professor Eckstein held the George W. McCleskey Chair in Water Law at Texas Tech University where he also directed the Texas Tech University Center for Water Law & Policy. Before that, he served as Senior Counsel for CropLife America, an agrichemical trade association, working on environmental regulation and legislative matters, and as a litigator in private practice working on environmental, toxic tort, and asbestos cases.
Professor Eckstein has served as an expert advisor and consultant on US and international environmental and water issues to various organizations and programs, including UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFAO, UN International Law Commission, The World Bank, Geneva Initiative, US Agency for International Development, World Commission on Dams, Organization of American States, and other organizations. most recently, he represented Bolivia before the International Court of Justice in a dispute with Chile over a transboundary river.
Currently, Professor Eckstein serves as Chair of the Executive Council of the International Association for Water Law. Previously, he served as President and Treasurer of the International Water Resources Association. He also is an Associate Editor of the journal Brill Research Perspectives: International Water Law, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Water Law.
Professor Eckstein holds LL.M. and JD degrees from American University’s Washington College of Law, M.S. in International Affairs from Florida State University, and a B.S. in Geology from Kent State University. He is admitted to the bars of New York, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.