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), Order of the Coif
B.S., University of Utah (2003), Magna Cum Laude
Tuesdays and Thursdays,1:00-2:30 p.m. and 4:15-5:30 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 recent 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 consist of three related articles: (1) The Colorado River Revisited, 88 U Colo. L. Rev_(forthcoming 2017) (revisiting Law of the River's international and interstate allocation framework upon fiftieth anniversary of Stanford Law School Dean Charles Meyer's famous piece The Colorado River); (2) The Life of the Yellowstone River Compact: Reflections & Visions at the Close of Montana v. Wyoming (forthcoming 2017) (examining Yellowstone River Compact's legal history and future challenges as Montana v. Wyoming concludes in Supreme Court); and (3) Indigenous Water Justice (forthcoming 2018) (considering issues of "water justice" and potential solutions thereto, facing Native American and Australian Aboriginal communities in Colorado, Columbia, and Murray-Darling river basins) (co-authored with Barbara Cosens, Sue Jackson, and Daniel McCool). Professor Robison's scholarship has been deeply enriched over the past several years by the opportunities to serve as committee chair of the Big Horn General Stream Adjudication Symposium held on the Wind River Reservation in September 2014, and as lead organizer of the Indigenous Water Justice Symposium hosted by the University of Colorado Law School in June 2016.
Professor Robison’s teaching interests fall in the areas of natural resources law, environmental law, property law, federal courts, administrative law, Native American natural resource law, American Indian law, and U.S. legal history. Professor Robison also serves on doctoral and master's committees for students in the University of Wyoming's Ecology Program, Geography Department, and Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources.
Fall 2016: Water Law, International Environmental and Natural Resources Law.
Spring 2017: Advanced Water Law, Advanced Water Law Field Seminar, Federal Courts