Water Law Advisor,
Chairman, International Association for Water Law, AIDA
Stefano Burchi is an internationally recognized expert in comparative and international water law. From 1983 to 2008, he served in the Development Law Service of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization where he concluded his tenure as Service Chief. While at FAO, Mr. Burchi served as in-house legal expert and advisor on domestic and international water law to FAO member countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. His work included reviewing, analyzing, and drafting principal and subsidiary water resources legislation, as well as advising on legal and institutional mechanisms related to transboundary freshwaters. In addition, Mr. Burchi advised various organizations and programs on global and transboundary water issues, including the U.N. International Law Commission, UNESCO/ISARM Programme, and the World Bank. Since retiring from FAO, Mr. Burchi has consulted on various water-related issues to the governments of Bhutan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Palestinian Authority. He has also assumed the chairmanship of the International Association for Water Law.
Mr. Burchi has authored numerous publications on water resources law and administration, including FAO Legislative Study Nos. 52 and 80 on "Preparing national regulations for water resources management: Principles and Practice", and Legislative Study No. 86 on "Groundwater in International Law - Compilation of Treaties and Other Legal Instruments". Since 1995, he has contributed an annual Fresh Water section to the "Year in Review" feature of the Yearbook of International Environmental Law, and since 2001, an annual Year-End-Review to the Journal of Water Law.
Mr. Burchi holds an LL.B. from La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, and an M.S. from the University of Michigan. He is fluent in English, French, Italian, and Spanish.