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Jessica J. Troell

Jessica J. Troell
Senior Attorney; Director, International Water Program; Co-Director, Africa Program

Jessica Troell is a Senior Attorney and has led ELI’s International Water Program since its founding in 2006. Under her leadership, the Program has developed and implemented projects to create realistic mechanisms for involving diverse stakeholders in water-related decision-making; identify and implement innovative water governance mechanisms to strengthen resilience of communities and countries in the face of climate change; build the legal and institutional capacity to manage transboundary water challenges; strengthen livelihoods and food security through more effective water management; and ensure that water management is effectively leveraged in fragile and post-conflict states to promote peacebuilding.  Ms. Troell works with NGOs, governments, the private sector, and universities to create, implement, and enforce sustainable water laws, policies, and management mechanisms.

 Ms. Troell is based in Malawi, and in also leads the Institute’s efforts on various projects in Southern Africa, including projects on land tenure, forest management and climate change adaptation.  In addition to her role at ELI, Ms. Troell is Adjunct Faculty at the American University School of International Service, where she has taught International Environmental Politics.  Prior to joining ELI, Ms. Troell was a law fellow with the Mandela Institute of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, conducting applied research on the implementation of catchment management in the Limpopo River Basin, and a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. She has also worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Phone: +265 (0)99 795 2582

Media Guide


  • International: public participation, stakeholder engagement; accountability; transparency; transboundary impact assessment; natural resource co-management institutions
  • Water: international and comparative freshwater law and policy; transboundary water management; water and livelihoods; water quality management; water management institutions; climate adaptation in the water sector; freshwater fisheries management


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2003
  • B.A., Environmental Studies and English Literature, Oberlin College, 1994

Selected Publications

E. Weinthal, J. Troell and M. Nakayama (eds), Water and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding (Earthscan, 2014).

J. Troell and G. Swanson, “Adaptive Water Governance and the Principles of International Water Law,” in Sanchez and Roberts (eds.), Transboundary Water Governance: Adaptation to Climate Change, IUCN Environmental Law and Policy Papers No. 75, 2014.

C. Bruch and J. Troell, “Legalizing Adaptation: Water Law in a Changing Climate,” Water International Vol. 36,         Issue 7, November 2011.

 J. Troell and E. Weinthal, “Water Resource Management and Post-conflict Peacebuilding,” Water International Vol. 36, No. 2, March 2011.

 Jessica Troell, A Handbook on Public Participation in International Waters Management (ELI and GEF/IW:LEARN) (2008).

Carl Bruch, Mikiyasu Nakayama, Jessica Troell, Lisa Goldman, & Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Assessing the Assessments: Improving Methodologies for Impact Assessment in Transboundary Watercourses, 23 Int. J. Water Resour. Dev. 391-410 (Sept. 2007).

Jessica Troell, et al., Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment as a Tool for Promoting Public Participation in International Watercourse Management, in Enhancing Participation and Governance in Water Management: Traditional Approaches and Information Technology (UNU Press 2005).

Pooja Seth Parikh and Jessica Troell, Issues Relating to Articles 14 and 15 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, (Envtl. L. Inst., 2003).

Richard Andrews, Jessica Jacoby, et al, Environmental Management Systems: History, Theory, and Implementation Research, in Cary Coglianese and Jennifer Nash (eds.), Regulating from the Inside: Can Environmental Management Systems Achieve Policy Goals? (RFF Press, 2001).

Jessica Jacoby (contributing editor), Jay Austin and Carl Bruch (eds.), The Environmental Consequences of War: Legal, Economic, and Scientific Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2000).