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
Phone: (307) 766-6107
Office: 208 College of Law
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays,1:00-2:30 p.m. and 4:15-5:15 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 also has 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 on sovereign 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 system within the United States and Mexico—i.e., the “Law of the River.” Professor Robison is now working on a related book commemorating the upcoming sesquicentennial of John Wesley Powell’s historic 1869 expedition down the Green and Colorado rivers. It is an edited volume tentatively entitled VISION & PLACE: JOHN WESLEY POWELL AND REIMAGINATION OF THE COLORADO RIVER BASIN. Other projects Professor Robison is currently juggling include articles on the Law of the River’s international and interstate allocation framework (The Colorado River Revisited, 88 U. COLO. L. REV. ___ (forthcoming 2017)); the Indus Waters Treaty and lessons derived from the Law of the River for future implementation of that instrument; and “indigenous water justice” for Australian Aboriginal communities, Canadian First Nations, and Native American tribes in the Colorado, Columbia, and Murray-Darling river basins.
Professor Robison loves teaching and learning from his students. His regular courses include a three-part Water Law & Policy sequence (Water Law & Policy, Advanced Water Law & Policy, and Advanced Water Law & Policy: Field Seminar), International Environmental & Natural Resources Law, and Federal Courts. Professor Robison also serves on Doctoral and Master’s committees for degree candidates in the University of Wyoming’s Ecology Program, Geography Department, History Department, and Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources.
Fall 2016: Water Law & Policy, International Environmental and Natural Resources Law.
Spring 2017: Advanced Water Law & Policy, Advanced Water Law & Policy: Field Seminar, Federal Courts.