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Water Law

Treatises and Reference Works

You can search for online and print treatises ASU Library catalog by using subject headings such as Water – Law and Legislation and Water Rights

Economical, Political, and Social Issues in Water Resources (Omid Bozorg Haddad, 2021)
This collection introduces key concepts in water resource management, including domestic and international governance, water economics, and health.

Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law: Water Law (Joseph W. Dellapenna & Joyeeta Gupta, eds., 2021)
This collection is a volume in a landmark collaboration of distinguished scholars from a range of academic institutions. It discusses legal and policy matters pertaining to water management, including water politics, water security, property boundaries, international water law, and Indigenous water rights. It expands beyond traditional environmental law topics to include discussions of water’s role in energy production and water’s role in natural disasters.

Fresh Water in International Law (Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, 2021)
Water disputes are greatly magnified in a global perspective, as waterways may be shared by as many as seventeen countries. In addition to the challenge of disputed uses, the book identifies threats such as climate change and overexploitation by modern society as threats to water security in areas around the globe.

Just Add Water (Rhett Larson, 2020)
Demonstrating the nexus between water security and a host of legal and sustainability challenges, including climate change, inequality, war, public health, and human migration.

Nature-Based Solutions and Water Security (Jan Cassin et al., 2021)
Examines the state of the law and science behind a new approach to water insecurity—rethinking infrastructure to accommodate natural ecosystems. While the new paradigm carries promise, the costs and extended time to realize benefits present obstacles for politicians interested in implementing changes.

The Right to Water Politics, Governance, and Social Struggles (Farhana Sultana & Alex Loftus, 2012)
Diving into the complexities of the debate surrounding a human right to water, a scarce, expensive, indispensable resource producing a long history of conflict and cooperation.

Water Law in a Nutshell (Sandra B. Zellmer & Adel L. Amos, 2021)
Introducing the central legal doctrines involved in distributing water resources, including the Western prior appropriation system of "first in time, first in right," groundwater management systems, and legal issues involving Indian reservations and interstate resources. Also available on West Academic (available on campus or with West Academic account).

Water Stewardship (Pernille Ingildsen, 2020)
Exploring new legal and social approaches to better managing and distributing water resources, including water footprints, integrated water resource management, and water as a common good to be protected for all.

Waters and Water Rights (Amy K. Kelley ed., 2019)
A deeper dive into the legal structures governing water distribution, from surface water allocation through prior appropriation or riparian rights, to groundwater. Discusses the public right to use water, Indian reservation rights, transboundary distribution, and environmental controls.

Western Water Rights and the U.S. Supreme Court (James H. Davenport, 2020)
This book traces the development of water law in the Western United States, providing the historical context for the development of legal principles such as prior appropriation. It explores decisions, especially cases involving disputes between states over waterways that cross jurisdictional boundaries.