International Law Affecting Water Rights in the Western States

G. Graham Waite, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law


Water rights and water use problems created by intervening national boundaries are usually resolved by resort to international law and treaties. In this article Professor Waite considers the effect and limitations of existing United States Treaties with the bordering countries of Canada and Mexico on the power of Western States to create water rights, how existing and future individual users may be affected and how customary international law is relevant to the interpretation of these treaties.