Renee Martin-Nagle

Renée Martin-Nagle, JD, LLM, PhD, focuses her work on freshwater, with a particular emphasis on the governance and hydrogeology of groundwater aquifers, ecosystem protection and interspecies equity. Her PhD was completed in 2019 through SCELG, with Dr. Francesco Sindico as her primary supervisor and Prof. Robert Kalin as her secondary supervisor.  Her thesis, which Brill Nijhoff published as a book in 2020, proposed possible governance regimes for offshore freshwater resources such as seabed aquifers and methane hydrates.  Renée is currently CEO of A Ripple Effect PLC, a boutique consultancy focusing on international water law and integrated water resources management services. She is also an Adjunct Professor at St. Francis University, a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute, Treasurer of the International Water Resources Association and an Affiliate with SCELG.

Renée has given presentations on water-related topics at the IWRA World Water Congress, the Stockholm World Water Week, the International Association of Hydrogeologists Congress, the Dundee International Law and Transboundary Freshwaters Workshop, the International Law Students Association Jessup Moot Court competition, and the Hydro-Hegemony Conference.  In addition, she participated in planning and also chaired a panel at the 2016 World Water Day seminar in Dundee, Scotland.

Prior to joining the water sector, Renée served for more than 20 years as the chief legal officer of Airbus Americas, retiring in 2011 as Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, Head of Environmental Affairs, Corporate Secretary and a member of the board of directors.  Among her many activities in the aviation sector, she served as chair of the American Bar Association Forum on Air and Space Law and was given the 2014 Aviation Industry Woman of Excellence Award by the International Aviation Women’s Association, a global organisation of executive women in aviation.

Renée’s most recent publications include the following: 

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