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Vanessa Casado Pérez

Dissertation Title: Markets and Government: the Case of Water 

Doctoral Supervisor: Professor Katrina M. Wyman 


Vanessa Casado Perez is the Teaching Fellow of the LL.M. Program in Environmental Law & Policy at Stanford Law School. At Stanford, She is also affiliated with the Bill Lane Center for the American West where she collaborated in the ¨Water in the West¨ Program.

She graduated first at Universitat Pompeu Fabra Law School ('06) and second at Universitat Pompeu Fabra School of Economics ('08). She also holds LL.M. degrees from Universitat Pompeu Fabra ('08) and University of Chicago Law School ('09), where she was class representative and received "The LL.M. Award for Integration and Inclusion". She is a JSD candidate at NYU School of Law.

Vanessa has been R.A. at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, University of Chicago, and NYU Law Schools; Summer Associate at the Spanish law firm Uría Menéndez (Barcelona) in the departments of Tax and Antitrust Law; and intern at the Environmental and Agricultural Affairs Area of the Procuradoría General de la Nación (Bogotá, Colombia).



Her dissertation analyzes the role of government in water markets, using California and Spain’s experiences as case studies. She plans to continue working on water regulations issues such as the interaction between water markets and some insurance products in scenarios of climate change. She believes water markets can offer valuable lessons for other environmental markets. In fact, her long-term research agenda aims at developing a theoretical framework for environmental and natural resources markets – both for “goods”, such as ecosystem services, and “bads”, such as water pollution allowances-, which is indispensable for designing sound public policies that may adopt market tools at local, regional, and global levels, or any combination thereof.