Last Updated: 12-June-2016


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.


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


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

uea law 2009-2013
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


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]


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’


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]


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]


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)

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]

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


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


  • 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)