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Rhett Larson

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Associate Professor of Law
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9520
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9520
Biography

Rhett Larson is a Morrison Fellow in Water Law and associate professor in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. He is also a faculty fellow in the Center for Law and Global Affairs, and the Center for Law, Science, and Innovation. He is a senior research fellow with the Kyl Center for Water Policy at ASU's Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

Professor Larson’s research and teaching interests are in property law, administrative law, and environmental and natural resource law, in particular, domestic and international water law and policy. 

Professor Larson’s research focuses on the impact of technological innovation on water rights regimes, in particularly transboundary waters, and on the sustainability implications of a human right to water. He works on dispute resolution and improved processes in water rights adjudications in Arizona and the Colorado River Basin with  the Kyl Center for Water Policy. Professor Larson was a visiting professor and Fulbright Scholar at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, and works in the Middle East on water security issues.

Professor Larson also practiced environmental and natural resource law with law firms in Arizona, focusing on water rights, water quality, and real estate transactions.

Education
  • M.Sc. Water Science, Policy and Management, University of Oxford (as a Weidenfeld Scholar)
  • J.D. University of Chicago Law School
  • B.A. Brigham Young University
Research Interests

Domestic and international water law and policy

Publications

Just Add Water: Solving the World's Problems Using Its Most Precious Resource (forthcoming from Oxford University Press)

Water Security, 112 Northwestern Law Review 139 (2017)

Inter-State Lessons for International Water Law, 2.3 Brill Research Perspectives on International Water Law 1-82 (2017) 

Law in the Time of Cholera, 92 Notre Dame Law Review 1271 (2017)

Bankrupt Rivers, 49 U.C. Davis Law Review 1335 (2016) (with Kelly Kennedy)

Adapting Human Rights, 26 Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum 1 (2016)

Interstitial Federalism, 62 UCLA Law Review 908 (2015)

The New Right in Water, 70 Washington & Lee Law Review 2181 (2013) 

Innovation and International Commons: The Case of Desalination under International Law, 2012 Utah Law Review 759 (2012) 

 

Research Activity

Principal Investigator, A Holistic Water Solution for Underserved & Refugee Host Communities in Lebanon & Jordan, Arizona State University (sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development), Tempe, Arizona ($1,940,000)

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SDO 598Special Topics
LAW 643Water Law
LAW 781Independent Study
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 523Property
SDO 598Special Topics
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 791Seminar
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 631Environmental Law
LAW 643Water Law
LAW 781Independent Study
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 494Special Topics
LAW 523Property
LAW 643Water Law
LAW 781Independent Study
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 631Environmental Law
LAW 781Independent Study
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 523Property
LAW 600Research Methods
LAW 643Water Law
LAW 781Independent Study
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 494Special Topics
PUP 535Water Law and Planning
LAW 631Environmental Law
LAW 643Water Law
LAW 781Independent Study
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 523Property
LAW 600Research Methods
LAW 781Independent Study
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PUP 535Water Law and Planning
LAW 643Water Law
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study