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Jessica J. Troell

Jessica J. Troell
Senior Attorney; Director, International Water Program; Co-Director, Africa Program
(202) 939-3843

Jessica Troell has been with the Institute since 2003. Her work focuses on water governance at the local, national, and international levels. Ms. Troell works with NGOs, governments, the private sector, and universities throughout Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia to create, implement, and enforce sustainable water laws, policies, and management mechanisms. She is an authority on public participation in water management. 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.


  • 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

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