Negotiating to Keep the Dead Sea "Alive"
Professor Joseph Dellapenna will travel to Amman, Jordan at the request of the World Bank from March 10 to March 15, 2011. The World Bank is conducting a feasibility study about funding a project to pump water from the Red Sea into the Dead Sea. Professor Dellapenna serves as the head of the Legal and Institutional Team for this study; he is charged with presenting the World Bank’s proposal to representatives from the three beneficiary parties, Israel, Jordan and Palestine, and participating in negotiations over the institutions necessary to build, operate, and manage the proposed Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Diversion Project.
As an expert in water law and international law, Professor Dellapenna has been recognized for his efforts and publications regarding water issues in the Middle East for the past thirty years. He was a co-author on the first major study on this topic, Water in the Middle East: Cooperation or Conflict? (1984). He has also served as a legal advisor on water issues for various private parties and foreign governments.