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272.1 sec. 1 - Water Law (Spring 2012)

Instructor: Antonio Rossmann  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: Th 10:00-12:40
Meeting Location: 130

Course Start: January 12, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49895

This course surveys the development of Western water law from its English common law origins to the latest decrees of the California Legislature and Supreme Court. We study just enough of the common law to understand how it has been shaped by natural reality -- and to comprehend the shortcomings occasioned by its proprietary focus. We then explore the late 20th century transformation of this law compelled by ecological and institutional needs previously ignored. We will focus on the achievements and abuses of the West's principal water programs: the Central Valley Project, State Water Project, and Colorado River Boulder Canyon Project. Our overall framework seeks to explore the tension between public and private rights in water, as exemplified by application of the "takings" clause to limits on water appropriation, thereby seeking to impart a renewed appreciation of constitutional and administrative law transcending the specific context of "water."

Exam Notes: TH/P
Course Category: Environmental Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Litigation and Procedure
Public Law and Policy

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  • Legal control of water resources
    by Joseph L. Sax... [et al.]
    Publisher: St. Paul, MN : Thomson/West, c2006.
    ISBN: 9780314163141
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $130.95
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.

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