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McGeorge School of Law professor wins prestigious international Stockholm Water Prize

McCaffrey called ‘trailblazer in international water law’
Mar 22, 2017

A professor from University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law today was given a prestigious prize by an international organization that works to foster policies and science-based solutions to the world's water issues.

Stephen McCaffrey, on the McGeorge faculty since 1977, today was named the 2017 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for his "unparalleled contribution to the evolution and progressive realization of international water law," according to a statement released by the Stockholm International Water Institute, or SIWI. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden will present the prize to McCaffrey on Aug. 30 in Stockholm.

"Learning about the Stockholm Water Prize literally took my breath away," McCaffrey said. "I am deeply honored and humbled to have been selected for this prestigious award. But one always stands on the shoulders of others, and I am most grateful to those who have paved the way for me."

Past award winners represent a broad range of water-related activities, professions and disciplines from around the world.

"International and environmental law have always been exciting to students, and I am happy to be able to bring real-world experience in these fields to the classroom, especially since they will be practicing in an increasingly globalized and environmentally threatened world," said McCaffrey for his McGeorge faculty profile.

McCaffrey, a distinguished professor of law and the director of McGeorge's Water Resources Law, International Track program, was lauded by the prize nominating committee for his "path-breaking leadership and legal scholarship in international water law. He has made a unique contribution in three specific areas: his seminal work on treaty negotiation; his major scholarly works, including his book 'The Law of International Watercourses'; and his leadership providing expert legal advice, wise counsel, training and facilitation of complex negotiations with a wide range of stakeholders."

SIWI Executive Director Torgny Holmgren said of McCaffrey, "I believe nobody who studies, researches or practices in the field of transboundary water management, water law or diplomacy could be unaware of Professor McCaffrey's contribution to the conceptual and practical elaboration of the many legal concepts and principles that we now take for granted."

The SIWI statement also noted McCaffrey's work as legal counsel to nations during negotiations over international waterways in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

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