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Rhett Larson

Rhett Larson

Associate Professor, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law


Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Arizona State University
PO Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Associate Professor, Sandra Day O'Connor College of 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 recent research focuses on the intersection of water law with food and energy security, the impact of technological innovation on water rights, and the law governing transboundary waters. Professor Larson has also written on the sustainability implications of a human right to water, corporate governance reforms to facilitate remediation of contaminated rivers, the water rights of indigenous people based on religious water uses, and the role of water management in aggravating and mitigating armed conflict. Professor Larson’s work has appeared in the UCLA Law Review, the Washington and Lee Law Review, the Utah Law Review, the International Law Journal of London, and other academic publications. Professor Larson is a senior research fellow with Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute of Public Policy and is on the advisory board of the Morrison Institute’s Kyl Center for Water Policy.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Larson practiced law in Arizona, specializing in water rights, water quality, energy and mining law, and climate change.


  • JD, Law, The University of Chicago Law School, 2005
  • MSc, Water Science, Policy, and Management, The University of Oxford, 2011
  • BA, History, Brigham Young University, 2002


Journal Articles

In Press

Larson, R. B. The U.N. Watercourse Convention and technological innovation. London Journal of International Law


Larson, R. B. 2014. Reconciling food and energy security. University of Richmond Law Review 48:929-958. (link )


Larson, R. B. 2013. Orphaned pollution. Arizona State Law Journal 45:991-1032. (link )

Larson, R. B. 2013. The new right in water. Washington and Lee Law Review 70(4):2181-2267. (link )



Quay, R., T. Buschatzke, G. Gammage, R. B. Larson and K. Sorensen. 2016. Drought Drought Everywhere: Arizona's Planning. Presentation at the American Planning Association National Conference, April 3, 2016, Phoenix, AZ. (link )