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  • James I. Farr Presidential Endowed Chair of Law, College Of Law
  • Affiliated Faculty, Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and Environment, College Of Law
  • Affiliated Faculty, Global Change & Sustainability Center
  • Professor, College Of Law
  • Editorial Board, Case Studies in the Environment, University of California Press
  • Member, World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • External Ph.D. Committee Member, Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania
  • External Ph.D. Committee Member, Integrated Biosciences/Biomimicry, University of Akron
  • Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania
  • External Ph.D. Committee Member, Department of Geography, Clark University

Research Summary

Robin Craig researches the law and policy of "all things water," including water rights, water pollution, and ocean and coastal issues, as well as climate change adaptation and the intersection of constitutional and environmental law. She has authored, co-authored, or edited 7 books, 12 books chapters, and over 65 articles.


  • J.D./Environmental Law Certificate, School of Law, Lewis & Clark College
  • Ph.D., English, Science & Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara. Project: Romantic Transformations
  • M.A./Writing About Science, The Writing Seminars, The Johns Hopkins University. Project: The Chemistry of Human Biology
  • B.A., English/Writing Concentration, Pomona College


After earning a Ph.D. at U.C. Santa Barbara in English literature and an independent M.A. degree from the Johns Hopkins University's Writing Seminars in Writing About Science, Robin Craig attended the Lewis & Clark School of Law in Portland, Oregon, from which she graduated summa cum laude and first in her class. While in law school, she worked for the Natural Resources Section, General Counsel Division, of the Oregon Department of Justice, which allowed her to work on a variety of environmental law issues, from Clean Water Act litigation to CERCLA cleanups to salmon and tribal issues to the intersection of state tax law and environmental law. After graduation, she stayed in Portland to clerk for two years for U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones.

Craig previously taught at the Lewis & Clark School of Law; Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts; Indiana University-Indianapolis School of Law; and the Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee, Florida. Her areas of professional expertise include Environmental Law, Ocean & Coastal Law, Water Law, Toxic Torts, Administrative Law, Property, and Civil Procedure.

At the College of Law, Craig teaches Property to first-year students and Environmental Law, Water Law, Ocean & Coastal Law, and Toxic Torts to upper-division students. She is also affiliated faculty to the College of Law's Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and Environment and a faculty affiliate of the University's Global Change & Sustainability Center.

Craig's research focuses on "all things water," especially the impact of climate change on freshwater resources and the oceans, the Clean Water Act, and the intersection of water and energy law. She also has written several articles and book chapters on constitutional environmental law, administrative law, and statutory interpretation. She is the author or co-author of seven books: The End of Sustainability (University of Kansas Press: forthcoming 2017, with Melinda Harm Benson); Water Law: Concepts and Insights (Foundation Press: forthcoming 2017, with Robert W. Adler and Noah D. Hall); Modern Water Law: Private Property, Public Rights, and Environmental Protection (Foundation Press: 2013, with Robert W. Adler and Noah D. Hall); Comparative Ocean Governance: Place-Based Protections in an Era of Climate Change (Edward Elgar: 2012), Environmental Law in Context (West: 3rd ed. 2011), Toxic and Environmental Torts (West: 2010, with Michael D. Green, Andrew R. Klein, and Joseph Sanders), and The Clean Water Act and the Constitution (Environmental Law Institute: 2nd ed. 2009). Her publications also include over 100 law review articles and book chapters.

In January 2014 and then again in July 2015, Craig was appointed to the National Research Council's two Committees to Review the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan.. She also served on three successive National Research Council Committees on the Clean Water Act and the Mississippi River and as a consultant to the Environmental Defense Fund, to the State of Victoria, Australia, and to the Council on Environmental Cooperation in Montreal, Quebec. She is also active in the American Bar Association's Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, where she served a three-year term on the Executive Council, as Co-Chair of the Water Resource Committee, on the Planning Committee for the 43rd Annual Spring Conference on Environmental Law, as Vice Chair for the 2014 Water Law Conference, and as Chair of the 2015 Water Law Conference.

Professor Craig will be a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Tasmania School of Law, Hobart, Australia, in January-March, 2016. There she will teach a summer course on Comparative Water Law and research resilience and climate change adaptation issues.