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Jason Robison

Associate Professor of Law

Jason Robison

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

Phone: (307) 766-6107
Office: 208 College of Law


Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 4:15-5:15 p.m., or by appointment.

Professor Jason Anthony Robison joined 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. Prior to becoming a law professor, Professor Robison held legal and policy positions with the Harvard Water Security Initiative, the Colorado River Governance Initiative at the University of Colorado, the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School, the Oregon Supreme Court, the Special Litigation Unit of the Oregon Department of Justice, and the Motions Department and Office of Appellate Legal Counsel of the Oregon Court of Appeals. Professor Robison has also worked as a teaching fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Environmental Science and Public Policy program at Harvard College.

Professor Robison’s research revolves around water, public lands, and Native Americans in the western United States, including comparative and international perspectives on these subjects. He holds a deep, intersecting interest in property law. Professor Robison’s recent scholarship has focused on transboundary water law and policy and Indigenous Peoples. Rooted in his S.J.D. fields of study—property theory, water law, and western environmental history—Professor Robison’s dissertation addressed the elaborate body of laws governing water allocation and management in the Colorado River Basin (colloquially, the “Law of the River”). He currently serves as lead editor of a multi-author, multi-disciplinary volume commemorating the upcoming sesquicentennial of John Wesley Powell’s historic 1869 expedition down the Green and Colorado riversVision & Place: John Wesley Powell and Reimagination of the Colorado River Basin. Professor Robison also co-authors with Professor Dan Tarlock the long-running treatise Law of Water Rights and Resources. Recent articles by Professor Robison address the evolution of the Law of the River’s transboundary allocation framework, and water justice for Indigenous Peoples in Australia, Canada, and the United States. Forthcoming articles will focus on the life of the Yellowstone River Compact upon the conclusion of Montana v. Wyoming, and the Silala River controversy (Chile v. Bolivia) pending in the International Court of Justice.

Professor Robison loves teaching and learning from his students. His regular courses include American Indian Law, Federal Courts, International Environmental and Natural Resources Law, and Water Law & Policy and Advanced Water Law & Policy. He has also taught Property Law and Land Use Law. Beyond the classroom, Professor Robison serves on Master’s and Ph.D. committees for candidates at the UW Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and in UW’s Program in Ecology and Geography and History departments.

Professor Robison is honored to serve on UW President Laurie Nichols’ Advisory Committee on Native American Affairs, including chairing the Native American Affairs Strategic Planning Subcommittee. He was previously lead organizer for the 2016 Indigenous Water Justice Symposium and committee chair for the 2014 Big Horn Symposium. Professor Robison is currently a member of the Working Group on Water & Tribes in the Colorado River Basin as well as the Steering Committee for the John Wesley Powell Sesquicentennial Colorado River Exploring Expedition (SCREE). 

Fall 2018: Federal Courts, Water Law & Policy.

Spring 2019: Advanced Water Law & Policy, American Indian Law.

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