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Carl M. Williams Professor of Law & Social Responsibility
Adjunct Professor, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources
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
Office: 457 Hill Hall
Tuesday, 9:00-11:30 a.m.; Thursday, 12:30-3:00 p.m.; or by appointment.
Professor Robison is a faculty member in the College of Law’s Environmental, Energy, and Natural Resources law program, as well as an adjunct professor in the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. Professor Robison holds an S.J.D. from Harvard Law School and also has earned an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law, and a B.S. in environmental studies from the University of Utah. Prior to joining the UW faculty, he clerked for the Oregon Supreme Court, as well as held law- and policy-related positions with the Harvard Water Security Initiative, the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School, the Colorado River Governance Initiative at the University of Colorado, 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 loves the American West. His writing revolves around the intersection of water, public lands, and Indigenous Peoples, including domestic, comparative, and international projects in these areas. He is the editor of Cornerstone at the Confluence: Navigating the Colorado River Compact's Next Century, a multi-disciplinary volume published by University of Arizona Press for the historic compact’s 2022 centennial, and the lead editor of Vision & Place: John Wesley Powell & Reimagining the Colorado River Basin, a multi-disciplinary volume published by University of California Press examining water, public lands, and Native Americans in the basin upon the 1869 Powell Expedition’s sesquicentennial. Professor Robison also authors the long-running treatise Law of Water Rights and Resources. Recent journal articles include Re-Indigenizing Yellowstone and Community in the Colorado River Basin, and work in progress includes pieces on the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2023 decision in Arizona v. Navajo Nation and the International Court of Justice’s December 2022 decision in Chile v. Bolivia.
Professor Robison’s regular courses include Water Law & Policy (basic and advanced courses), International Environmental Law, and Federal Courts. He also enjoys teaching Federal Indian Law; Property Law; Land Use Law; and Human Rights, Natural Resources & International Law: Latin America at the Crossroads. Beyond the classroom, Professor Robison has served on Master’s and Ph.D. committees for candidates in UW’s Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, Program in Ecology, and Geography and History departments.
Professor Robison was honored to receive the UW College of Law’s Outstanding Faculty Award in 2022, as well as the Frank J. Trelease Award in Environmental and Natural Resources Law in 2021. The Chief Washakie Foundation conferred on him the Distinguished Leadership Award in 2019 for chairing the subcommittee that drafted UW’s first-ever Native American & Indigenous Affairs Strategic Plan. Professor Robison is also privileged to serve on the Colorado River Research Group and the leadership team of the Water & Tribes Initiative.
Fall 2023: Federal Courts, Water Law & Policy
Spring 2023: On Sabbatical