Gabriela Cuadrado Quesada

Senior Lecturer in Water Rights and Justice


Gabriela Cuadrado Quesada is a Senior Lecturer/Researcher of Water Rights and Justice at IHE Delft, which she joined in 2017. Her research and teaching activities focus on the legal and institutional dimensions of water at both the local and national levels, the role of community organisations in using legal instruments to promote environmental justice and sustainable use of water, the connections between community water practices and legal instruments, the relations between environmental destruction, food production and water pollution as well as the linkages between international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international refugee law.

Prior to joining IHE Delft, Gabriela was a PhD fellow at the University of New South Wates (UNSW), Sydney Australia. Her doctoral research focusses on groundwater governance looking in particular at how the design and implementation of legal frameworks shape groundwater governance in practice; and how and to what extend law and practice are interwoven. Additionally, she has extensive experience working for various non-governmental organizations in Costa Rica and India and as an environmental litigator in Costa Rica.

Gabriela holds a MSc in Water and Coastal Management and Environmental and Infrastructure Planning from the University of Oldenburg (Germany) and the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). She also holds a MA in Human Rights and Education for Peace from the National University of Costa Rica. She obtained her Law Degree at the University of Costa Rica.  


G. Cuadrado-Quesada and J. Gupta, ‘Groundwater Law: its importance, scope and principles at the supranational and national level’ (eds) J. Gupta and J. Dellapena.  Edward Elgar Environmental Law Series 2021.

G. Cuadrado-Quesada and J.K. Joy, Water justice and sustainability: the need for coevolution of state-led groundwater law and community practices, Water Alternatives.

G Cuadrado-Quesada and K Schwartz (2021): Governing groundwater excess: insights from a failed collaborative process in Delft, the Netherlands, International Journal of Water Resources

G. Cuadrado-Quesada ‘Realizing the Human Right to Water in Costa Rica through Social Movements’, 2020 16 (2) Utrecht Law Review 1-14.

S. Schulte and G. Cuadrado Quesada, ‘Reducing entitlements when groundwater has been over-allocated: policy issues and options’ in J D Rinaudo, C Holley, M Montginoul, S Barnett and M Montginoul (eds) Sustainable Groundwater Management: A Comparative Analysis of French and Australian Policies and Its Implications for Other Countries. Springer. https:/ 

G. Cuadrado-Quesada and R. Rayfuse ‘Towards Sustainability in Groundwater Use: An exploration of key drivers motivating the adoption and implementation of policy and regulation’ 2020 32 (1) Journal of Environmental Law 111-137.

G. Cuadrado-Quesada and J. Gupta ‘Participation in Groundwater Governance - Outlining a Path to Inclusive Development’, 2019 21 (5) Water Policy 1050-1064.

G. Cuadrado-Quesada, T. Klenke and L. M. Ortiz ‘Realizing Integrated Coastal Management - Lessons from Germany, Costa Rica, Mexico and South Africa, 2018 10 Sustainability 3772. DOI:10.3390/su10103772

G. Cuadrado-Quesada, ‘Challenges and opportunities at implementing groundwater governance in Australia: case studies from South Australia and Western Australia’, 2018 35 Environmental Policy and Law Journal 588-605

G. Cuadrado-Quesada, C. Holley and J. Gupta, ‘Groundwater governance in the Anthropocene: a close look at Costa Rica’, 2018 20 (3) Water Policy 475-489

M. Zwarteveen et al., ‘Engaging in the politics of water governance’, 2017 WIREs Water. DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1245

G. Cuadrado-Quesada, ‘Gobernanza de las aguas subterraneas, conflictos socio-ambientales y alternativas: experiencias de Costa Rica’, 2017 43 (1) Anuario de Estudios Centroamericanos 393-418. DOI: 10.15517/AECA.V1I1.28852

G. Cuadrado-Quesada ‘Groundwater governance and spatial planning challenges: examining sustainability and participation on the ground’, 2014 39:6, Water International 798 -812.

G. Cuadrado-Quesada and Simm G., ‘People’s Tribunals: a progressive mechanism to achieve justice’ 2014 23:1, Human Rights Defender 21 -23.

G. Cuadrado-Quesada ‘The recognition of the right to a healthy environment in the International Treaties and in Costa Rica’s Law’ 2009 CEJIL’s Journals.  Centre for Justice and International Law. San Jose, Costa Rica.

G.  Cuadrado-Quesada  and  Castro-Vargas, S., ‘The expansion of the pineapple plantations against human rights’. (2009). Red sugar, green deserts. HIC-AL y FIAN. Mexico D.F.

G.  Cuadrado-Quesada,  ‘Legalization  of  water’s  pollution  in  Costa  Rica:  cases   of Diuron  and  Bromacil’.  (2008)  Ambientico  Journal.  Universidad  Nacional  (UNA).  Heredia, Costa Rica.

G.  Cuadrado-Quesada and Castro-Cordoba,  R., (eds) ‘Protecting  today  the  water  for tomorrow:  Successful Community based experiences’. 2008 Environmental  and  Natural Resources Law Centre (CEDARENA) San Jose, Costa Rica.


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