Rhett Larson

Associate Professor of Law
Faculty Fellow, Center for Law and Global Affairs
Faculty Fellow, Center for Law, Science, & Innovation
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
Senior Research Fellow, Kyl Center for Water Policy
at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy
Richard Morrison Fellow in Water Law

Rhett 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. Larson graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, and received his Master of Science in Water Science, Policy, and Management from Oxford University, where he was a Weidenfeld Scholar.

Professor Larson’s research focuses on proposing and evaluating legal reforms aimed at achieving water security, particularly in transboundary river basins. Professor Larson´s work also examines the impact of technological innovation on water rights regimes. Professor Larson is a Senior Research Fellow with the Kyl Center for Water Policy, where he works on dispute resolution and improved processes in water rights adjudications. Professor Larson was a visiting professor and Fulbright Scholar at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, where he taught International Water Law and worked on projects involving hydrodiplomacy in the Amazon River Basin and the implementation of Ecuador´s constitutional right to water. 

Professor Larson came to the College of Law from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he taught courses in agricultural law, energy law, property, and administrative law. Prior to that, he was a visiting assistant professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Larson also practiced environmental and natural resource law with law firms in Arizona, focusing on water rights, water quality, real estate transactions, and climate change.

Selected Works

Water Security, Nw. U. L. Rev. (forthcoming)

Unclouding Arizona’s Water Future, 49 Ariz. St. L.J. 465 (2017).

Law in the Time of Cholera, 92 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1271 (2017).

Augmented Water Law, 48 Tex. Tech L. Rev 757 (2016).

Governing Water Augmentation Under the U.N. Watercourse Convention, 41 Water International 866 (2016).

Rhett Larson & Kelly Kennedy, Bankrupt Rivers , 49 U.C. Davis L. Rev 1335 (2016).

Adapting Human Rights, 26 Duke Envtl. L. & Pol’y F. 1 (2015).

Interstitial Federalism, 62 UCLA L. Rev. 908 (2015).

Reconciling Food and Energy Security, 48 U. Rich. L. Rev. 929 (2014).

The New Right in Water, 70 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 2181 (2014).

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



Assistant: KC Gardiner-Johnson

Curriculum Vitae

B.A., Brigham Young University

J.D., University of Chicago Law School

M.Sc., University of Oxford