CV

Last Updated: 12-June-2016


PROFILE

Interdisciplinary legal scholar, with research interests in public international law, international environmental, water and natural resources law and social-environmental justice theory.

Current research analyses transboundary aquifer law and policy in the Southern African Development Community region through a social-environmental justice lens.


EDUCATION

University_of_Strathclyde_Logo2015-Present
University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK)
     – PhD Transboundary Aquifer Law and Policy (Research Studentship)
Preliminary Title: Is Justice Blind to Hidden Water? A Regional Analysis of Transboundary Aquifer Law and Governance in the Southern African Development Community
Supervisory team: Dr Francesco Sindico; Prof Robert Kalin

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2013-2014
University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK)
 – MSc Water Security and International Development (Distinction)
Dissertation Title: Levelling the playing-field with international water law: Combating power asymmetries in the Israel-Palestine water conflict
Supervisor: Dr Jessica Budds; Dr Mark Zeitoun

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University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK)
     – LLB Law with American Law (First Class Honours)
Dissertation Title: Water Justice: The Role of International Law
Supervisor: Dr Edward Guntrip

law_bluered 2010-2011
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University (Alabama, USA)
     – International Study Year in US Law
Juris Doctorate Classes


PUBLICATIONS

Journal Articles:
Sindico, F. and Hawkins, S., (2015) ‘The Guarani Aquifer System and Transboundary Aquifer Systems in the Southern African Development Community: Comparing Apples and Oranges?’, Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law, 24(3), 318-329. [access here

Book Chapters:
Farnum, R.L., Hawkins, S. and Tamarin, M., (forthcoming) ‘Hydro-hegemony and international water law’, in: Rieu-Clarke, A., Allan, A. and Hendry, S. (eds.), Routledge Handbook on Water Law and Policy (Routledge).

Book Reviews:
Hawkins, S. (2016) ‘International water law and the quest for common security, by Bjørn-Oliver Magsig, Abingdon, UK, Routledge, 2015, 212 pp., £90.00 (hardback), ISBN: 978-1-138-81690-9’. Water International. [access here]

Working Papers:
Hawkins, S. (2016) ‘Transboundary Groundwater and Environmental Justice’, in: F Sindico and A Manganelli (Eds.), Groundwater Governance: Drawing Connections Between Science, Knowledge and Policy-Making, SCELG Working Paper 4/2016. [access here]

Farnum, R.L., Hawkins, S. and Tamarin, M., (2015) ‘Transboundary Water Interaction IV: The Role of International Law in Hydro-Hegemonic Arrangements’, Concept Paper for the Eighth International Workshop on Hydro-Hegemony 24-25 October 2015: Law and Hydro- Hegemony. [access here]


CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

5-6 May 2016, Spain
Tarragona International Environmental Law Colloquium, Rethinking Sustainable Development in Terms of Justice, Rovira I Virgili University
Oral Presentation:
‘Is ‘Legal Justice’ Blind to Plural Realities? Social-Environmental Justice in Transboundary Law and Institutions’

13-18 Sept 2015, RomeAqua_2015_header_new
IAH AQUA 2015, 42nd Annual Congress of the International Association of Hydrogeologists
Oral Presentation:
‘Is Justice Blind to Hidden Water? Transboundary aquifer governance: a challenge for environmental justice’
Poster Presentation:
‘Do Oil and Water Mix? The need for a coherent law of transboundary aquifers’

25-29 May 2015, EdinburghWWC
XVth IWRA World Water Congress
Oral Presentation:
‘From Water to Land: Hope for the West Bank through International Water Law’
Panel Speaker for Special Session Roundtable:
‘Levelling players and context: Re-examining policy for transboundary water allocation and governance’


TEACHING, FACILITATING & EVENT ORGANISING

3 Nov 2015University_of_Strathclyde_Logo
Guest Lecturer: International Freshwater Law, University of Strathclyde
Teaching international water law to LLB law students undertaking environmental law course

24-25 Oct 2015LWRG
HH8: The Eighth International Workshop on Hydro-Hegemony: Law and Hegemony

Organising team and co-chair for the London Water Research Group’s annual workshop on the hydro-hegemony for analysis of transboundary water interaction
[full programme here] [Read my summary of the event here]

4 Jun 2015HaSStab
III Postgraduate Colloquium on Environmental Law and Governance
Organising team for the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance annual postgraduate colloquium
[full programme here]


RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE

Sept – Dec 2014, Palestinealhaq
Legal Research and Advocacy Intern, Al-Haq
Working towards research paper for working paper series on the link between water and land confiscation in the West Bank, and the legal implications.

Nov 2013 – Jan 2014, UK
Research Assistant, UEA Water Security Research Centrewater-securities-logo
Project funded by International Committee of the Red Cross
Conducted desk-based research on protection of water and essential services in international humanitarian law, contributing towards the broader literature review of ‘Essential Services in Urban Contexts of Armed Conflict’.
[Read final report here]


VOLUNTARY ROLES

2015-Present
Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and PolicyHaSStab
Organises seminar series, guest lectures and the annual Postgraduate Colloquium for the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG)

2015-Present
Strathclyde Student Law Review 2015 Committee (Editorial Board) SSLR
Editor for the student-produced law review at the University of Strathclyde Law School [view here]

2013-2014
Volunteer Advice Assistant, Shelter UK shelter
Research assistant in property and housing law, shadowing advice/case workers, and general admin including contacting clients and services


FURTHER TRAINING – RESEARCH SKILLS

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development
Skill-based development mapped to the domains of the Researcher Development Framework: Knowledge and intellectual abilities; Personal effectiveness; Research governance and organisation; Engagement, influence and impact

Social Studies of Environment & Sustainability Advanced Training Workshop Series:
– Ideational Theories and Discursive Methodologies in Policy Analysis: The Case of Environmental and Sustainability Policy
– The Interdisciplinary PhD: Researching Society, Science & Environment
– Research Methods in Global Environmental Justice


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • London Water Research Group (LWRG) Researcher member
  • International Association for Water Law (AIDA)
  • European Society of International Law (ESIL)
  • Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) (RGS)
  • International Water Resources Association (IWRA)
  • Society of Legal Scholars (SLS)
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA)