Faculty Highlight: Jason Robison Leads Influential Water Law & Policy Projects


Professor Jason Robison, the water law and policy expert at the University of Wyoming College of Law, has delivered a consistent stream of scholarly work within his field, encompassing a combination of domestic, comparative, and international projects.

Over the past two academic years, Robison has been involved in the groundbreaking, collaborative project Vision and Place: John Wesley Powell and Reimagination of the Colorado River Basin, which commemorates the sesquicentennial of John Wesley Powell’s historic 1869 Expedition down the Green and Colorado Rivers. In addition to paying homage to the epic exploration of the Colorado River Basin, the project consists of an interdisciplinary collection of scholarly chapters addressing the future of water, public lands, and Native Americans in the Colorado River Basin. Robison is serving as lead editor for the project.

Most recently, Robison was one of the few academics selected to deliver a presentation at Columbia Law School’s Sabin Colloquium on Innovative Environmental Law Scholarship. The Colloquium is a competitive forum in which pre-tenure law scholars are selected to present early-stage work before a panel of senior legal scholars in order to receive constructive feedback. Proposals are selected based on the degree of innovation they exhibit, and the likelihood that the work will yield real environmental solutions. Robison was one of ten junior scholars invited to the colloquium. His draft article, The Life of the Yellowstone River Compact, addresses the United States Supreme Court’s recently issued decision in the eleven-year long proceeding of Montana v. Wyoming, an interstate water compact dispute.

Also in the domestic realm, Professor Robison has recently joined Professor Emeritus Dan Tarlock of the Chicago-Kent College of Law as co-author of the long-running treatise, Law of Water Rights and Resources. The most recent edition (2018) containing updates from Professors Robison and Tarlock is available for preorder here.

Robison has also been active in comparative and international law. He recently co-authored articles on water justice for Indigenous Peoples in the Colorado, Columbia, and Murray-Darling basins, as well as transboundary water law and policy in the Indus River Basin. Growing out of the latter project, Robison is working with Harvard Law School colleague Erum Sattar to help organize a transboundary water conference at the Supreme Court of Pakistan in Islamabad this fall. Robison has also recently begun research with UW colleagues Noah Novogrodsky (law) and Bryan Shuman (geology/geophysics) on the Silala River dispute between Chile and Bolivia currently before the International Court of Justice.

Beyond his scholarship, Robison has the honor of serving on President Nichols’ Advisory Committee on Native American Affairs, and working with remarkable Indigenous and non-Indigenous colleagues in this capacity. Robison is currently chairing a 17-person subcommittee tasked with drafting a first-ever Native American Affairs strategic plan for UW.

The College of Law is extremely lucky to have a professor of such high caliber, dedication, and drive among the faculty. The College of Law congratulates Professor Robison on his accomplishments and looks forward to his further projects.


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