Water Rights, How do others do this?

10:30 am, Weinmann Hall, Room 157

This panel will offer insights on recent developments in the field of international water law, including water regulation, policy, and rights. Often, these systems are tested when a nation is exposed by disaster and/or political strife. Ryan Stoa will address complex and overlapping water regulations in Haiti.  David Takacs will analyze South Africa’s post-apartheid revolutionary legal vision for marrying social equity to ecology in fulfilling the right to water.  As water resources in the United States are increasingly threatened, how do these examples provide lessons/guidance on using law to ensure a right to water.

CLE Materials: Stoa,  Takacs

Ryan Stoa, Senior Scholar, Florida International University College of Law

Ryan StoaRyan B. Stoa is a Senior Scholar at Florida International University.  He holds a joint appointment with the College of Law and the College of Arts and Sciences, where he is the co-Director of the International Water Group of the Institute for Water and the Environment.  Professor Stoa’s scholarly interests are in the field of environmental and natural resources law, including water resources law, ocean and coastal law, energy law, international environmental law, local government law, and natural disaster law.  His work has been featured in the Hastings Law Journal, the Georgetown Environmental Law Review, the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, and the Natural Resources Journal, among others.  He blogs at http://www.ryanstoa.com, and is on the editorial board of the Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal.  In 2015 he received the “FIU Top Scholar” award.


David Takacs, Associate Professor, University of California Hastings College of the Law

David Takacs

Professor David Takacs earned his J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law.  He also holds an LL.M. from the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London, and a B.S. (Biology), M.A., and Ph.D. (Science & Technology Studies) from Cornell University. He has been a consultant for international NGOs and US government agencies, analyzing legal and policy issues pertaining to REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) and global climate change. His scholarly work addresses carbon offsetting, biodiversity conservation law, and the human right to water. He is also the author of The Idea of Biodiversity (Johns Hopkins U. Press). Before his legal career, David was a professor in Earth Systems Science & Policy at CSU Monterey Bay, a lecturer in the John S. Knight Writing Program at Cornell, and a Peace Corps Forestry Volunteer in Senegal.


Caitrin Reilly (moderator), J.D., Senior Research Fellow: Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy

Caitrin Reilly is a graduate of Tulane Law and currently works as a Senior Research Fellow with the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy. She is involved with the Institute’s work on a water code for Louisiana, specifically researching  water management systems around the country, as well as those of other countries who’s legal tradition is based in the civil law.