Associate Professor of Law
S.J.D., Harvard Law School (2013)
LL.M., Harvard Law School (2009)
J.D., University of Oregon School of Law (2006)
B.S., University of Utah (2003)
Office Hours: Thursdays, noon to 5:00 p.m., or by appointment.
Professor Jason Anthony Robison joined the faculty at the UW College of Law as an Assistant Professor during the 2014-2015 academic year. He previously served as a Visiting Professor during the 2013-2014 academic year after completing his S.J.D. at Harvard Law School. Professor Robison has also earned an LL.M. at Harvard Law School, a J.D. at the University of Oregon School of Law, and a B.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of Utah. While completing his J.D., he worked for the Special Litigation Unit of the Oregon Department of Justice, as well as for the Motions Department and Office of Appellate Legal Counsel of the Oregon Court of Appeals. He subsequently clerked for the Oregon Supreme Court, working primarily for former Chief Justice Paul J. De Muniz. Extending from his graduate work at Harvard Law School, Professor Robison has held policy fellowship positions with the Harvard Water Security Initiative, Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, and Colorado River Governance Initiative at the University of Colorado Law School. He has also served as a research and teaching fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard History Department, and Environmental Science and Public Policy program at Harvard College.
Professor Robison’s scholarship focuses mainly on intersovereign relations over water resources, particularly relations among federal, state, and tribal sovereigns in the American West. His S.J.D. dissertation, “The Law of the Colorado River: A Contemporary Perspective on Its Transformation,” addressed the elaborate body of laws governing allocation and management of water from the Colorado River Basin within the United States and Mexico—colloquially, the “Law of the River.” Professor Robison’s current projects include an article revisiting former Stanford Law School Dean Charles Meyers’s famous piece The Colorado River upon its fiftieth anniversary, a book chapter assessing climate change’s implications for the Law of the River’s allocation institutions, two articles growing out of an upcoming Indigenous Water Justice Symposium in June 2016, and a book chapter examining the Supreme Court’s seminal decision Wyoming v. Colorado, 259 U.S. 419 (1922), and its influence on the equitable apportionment doctrine.
Professor Robison’s teaching interests fall in the areas of natural resources law, environmental law, property law, administrative law, American Indian law, and U.S. legal history.Teaching (2015-2016): Water Law, Federal Courts, Advanced Water Law, International Environmental and Natural Resources Law.