College of Law

Water Markets: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Water Markets: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

DATE: Thursday, October 27 2022
TIME: 12:15 pm - 1:15 am MST
LOCATION: College of Law and Virtual Event
COST: Free and open to the public.
1 hour CLE (pending).

18th Annual Stegner Center Young Scholar Lecture with Vanessa Casado Pérez

Water Markets: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


S.J. Quinney College of Law, Level 6
This lecture will analyze recent developments in water marketing. The term water market refers to many different types of transactions, from a water lease between neighboring farmers to the trading of water futures in the Chicago Mercantile Exchange or the investment of Wall Street firms in irrigation mutuals in Colorado. Unfortunately, not every market may fulfill our efficiency and fairness expectations. Critics of water markets usually consider all water markets to be tainted because they commodify a valuable resource. However, properly regulated water markets can be a useful tool to deal with water scarcity, a permanent phenomenon in a climate change era. The aim of this lecture is to explain the challenges and opportunities of different type of water transactions.



Vanessa Casado Pérez is a Professor and Dean’s Research Chair at Texas A&M School of Law and a Research Associate Professor at Texas A&M Department of Agricultural  Economics. Her scholarship focuses on property and natural resources law. She was the Pace- Haub Environmental Law 2021-22 Distinguished Junior Scholar . Her research has been published, among others, by NYU Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, Iowa Law Review, and University of Southern California Law Review.


The Young Scholars Program is designed to recognize and establish a relationship with promising scholars early in their academic careers. Recipients are selected based on their accomplishments, the quality of their academic work, and their promise in the field of environmental and natural resources law and policy. The Young Scholars Program was founded in 2005, with the generous support of the Cultural Vision Fund, which has provided annual support for this program. Young Scholars join the S.J. Quinney College of Law to deliver a Young Scholar Lecture at the College of Law, a Downtown CLE to practicing attorneys, and to meet with students. The Young Scholar lecture is published in the student-edited Utah Law Review.

The Young Scholar Program is supported by the Cultural Vision Fund.

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