College of Law Accomplishments

Kudos to Professors Barb Cosens and Stephen Miller on the Idaho Symposium on Energy in the West

The University of Idaho College of Law wishes to thank Professor Barb Cosens and Professor Stephen Miller for their months of hard work in planning and executing the inaugural Idaho Symposium on Energy in the West, which brought experts from five states together in a robust conversation about energy infrastructure choices and regional energy planning. […]

Adaptive Governance and the Columbia River Treaty: Report co-authored by Professor Barbara Cosens

The Program on Water Issues at the Munk School of Global Affairs, U. Toronto, released a report by Nigel Bankes (U. Calgary) and Barbara Cosens (U. Idaho) on Protocols for Adaptive Water Governance: The Future of the Columbia River Treaty  on October 21.  The report examines international models for achieving bounded flexibility in transboundary water governance, […]

Professor Barbara Cosens serves as Master of Ceremonies for the 10th Annual Palouse Basin Water Summit

Professor Barbara Cosens was the Master of Ceremonies for the 10th Annual Palouse Basin Water Summit on Thursday evening October 16, 2014 at the best Western University Inn, Moscow, Idaho.  The annual event is held to facilitate information sharing and a dialogue on the Palouse basin aquifers shared by the communities of Moscow, Pullman and […]

Professor Cosens discusses law and resilience at two major conferences

Professor Barbara Cosens was an invited speaker at two major conferences in September: MTNCLIM 2014 which brought together climate scientists studying the effects of climate change on mountain systems; and a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act at the University of Utah College of Law.  Professor Cosens’ role was to bring the […]

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Water Adjudication in the Western United States

2014 marks the completion of two major water adjudications in the western United States: the Snake River Basin Adjudication (SRBA) in Idaho which began in 1987; and the Big Horn Adjudication in Wyoming which began in 1977.  Stream adjudication is a process of determining the relative rights of water use on a shared source for […]

Native Law Conference Speakers Share Idaho Indian Law Basics at College of Law Courtroom

On March 28, approximately 140 faculty, staff, students, practitioners, and community members gathered in the Courtroom of the Menard Law Building in Moscow to learn about Idaho Indian Law Basics at the Native Law Conference.  The day-long conference encompassed such fundamentals as federal Indian trust responsibility, tribal governments and sovereign immunity, criminal jurisdiction, taxation, the […]

Profs. Cosens and Miller engage in dialogue on urban resilience

On March 26, 2014, Professors Barbara Cosens and Stephen R. Miller engaged in an online dialogue about urban resilience with University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law professor Tony Arnold in an event leading up to the Idaho Law Review’s April 4, 2014 symposium, which is entitled Resilient Cities:  Environment | Economy | Equity. […]

Professor Cosens engages in outreach to stakeholders in the Columbia River Basin interested in learning about the Columbia River Treaty review

With transmission of the recommendations from the to the U.S. Department of State in December 2013, and the transmission of the to the Cabinet also in December, many stakeholders in the basin seek to understand the recommendations and the next steps. On December 17, Professor Cosens joined the Oregon Public Radio program Think Out Loud […]

Professor Cosens contributes to a book on Social-Ecological Resilience and Law

Professor Barbara Cosens is lead author with Craig Stow of NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental research Laboratory, on chapter 5 of a book on Social-Ecological Resilience and Law edited by Ahjond S. Garmestani and Craig R. Allen and just out from Columbia University Press. The chapter is on “Resilience and Water Governance: Addressing Fragmentation and Uncertainty […]

Professor Cosens Contributes to a Special Issue of Ecology and Society

Professor Barbara Cosens is lead author on two articles in the recently completed Special Feature of Ecology and Society on Law and Social-ecological Resilience. The special issue seeks to bridge the concept that ecological systems are dynamic, yet persist in states with relatively stable processes and function unless perturbed beyond a threshold, and the development […]

Professor Barbara Cosens is co-PI in development of the Native American Water Rights Settlement E-Repository

The Native American Water Rights Settlement E-Repository or NAWRS is a collection of settlement documents associated with the thirty Native American water rights settlements achieved in the United States to date. The e-repository partners include Barbara Cosens, Professor of Law, University of Idaho College of Law & Waters of the West Program; Francine Jaramillo, Senior […]

Waters of the West receives $3.1 Million NSF IGERT Grant

Professors Barbara Cosens and Jerrold Long are participants in the NSF funded Waters of the West Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship on Adaptation to change in water resources: science to inform decision-making across disciplines, cultures and scales. Research will take place in the headwaters of the Columbia River Basin and in the Biobío River […]

Countdown for the Columbia River Treaty Review

The U.S. Entity for Columbia River Treaty Review released it draft recommendation to the Department of State on the future of the Columbia River Treaty on September 20, 2013, will be taking public comment during October, and seeks to provide a final recommendation by mid-December. Professor Barbara Cosens represents the University of Idaho on the […]