Vanessa Casado Pérez

Professor of Law, Research Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics


Vanessa Casado Perez

"When designing their law school path, students must balance breadth (a broad range of subjects) and depth (the many aspects of legal specialization). A strong command of the law in general and its many nuances will empower them to become creative problem-solvers."

Get to Know Vanessa Casado Pérez

What drew you to the law?

I am a first generation college graduate, who grew up on a farm in a Catalan village. I chose to study law at the age of 17 when I enrolled in university in Barcelona, where law is an undergraduate degree. I didn’t have any role models who were lawyers, not even Ally McBeal. At that point, I thought studying law offered me a helpful structure to understand politics and the relationships between government and society. But from the first minute in a law school classroom, I loved law for slightly different reasons. Law gives you a very versatile skill set and an understanding of many aspects of human lives and can help shape the society we live in.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I enjoy helping students deepen their understanding of issues they care about, and especially issues they did not know they care about before entering law school. It is a great feeling of achievement when a student goes from puzzlement about a legal issue to complete eagerness when discussing it in class. Every student brings different professional and life experiences to the classroom, and I enjoy learning with my students and exploring legal issues together. Studying the law is a joint and collaborative process, and teaching allows me to share this experience on a daily basis. Teaching also allows me to get to know my students and hopefully build relationships not only as a teacher but as a mentor.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

I hope my students not only learn the legal rules and doctrines but also learn to assess legal problems holistically. Without the story behind a case, the understanding of the case will not be complete. I would like them to consider the economic, social and moral consequences beyond the case or legal rule we are studying. I believe that property, water and natural resources law are particularly well suited for this because they are very connected to communities and places.

What did you do prior to entering academia?

One could say I have been my whole adult life in academia because I studied for 11 years and then I served as Teaching Fellow, a position that combines research, teaching, and mentoring , at Stanford Law School. However, during my studies, I have interned in a law firm’s antitrust and tax departments, worked in an environmental enforcement agency in Colombia, and advised companies on road safety regulations.

What are you passionate about outside the law?

I have two, probably not unrelated, hobbies: food and exercise. I enjoy grocery shopping (I worked in supermarket for many years while I was a student, and I find stores and food products fascinating), researching about agriculture, dishes and culinary traditions, cooking up a storm, and eating what I have cooked or going out to any type of restaurant. When I’m not in my office or kitchen, you’ll find me running outside or at the gym fitness classes with the weirdest names.

What are your research interests?

My research interests are mostly in property and water law. My research is driven by real world problems and I bring mostly, but not only, an economic analysis approach to my scholarship.


Link to my publications.


Presentation Crying over spilled water, Society of Environmental Law and Economics, University of Texas, May 2016

Guest lecture Water Law and the California Drought, Environmental Law Colloquium, Northwestern University School of Law, January 2016

Guest lecture Water Law and the California Drought, Selected topics in Environmental and Energy Law, NYU School of Law, May 2015

Presentation Water Scarcity and Climate Change: legal responses, University of Puerto Rico, April 2015

Guest lecture Catalan independence and constitutional issues 2004-present,  Regional Law, School of Law, University of Bologna, Italy, May 2015

Lecture Comparative case-studies methodology,  Bite-sized Research Design, Stanford University, May 2014

Presentation Water Markets in Spain: an empirical study, Water in the West, Stanford Woods Institute, May 2014

Presentation Water Markets in California and Spain: government as the driver of success, American West Workshop, Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University, April 2014

Presentation Squaring Property Rights for Essential Resources: Lessons from Water Management and Water Markets, Conference Triangulating Property Rights: Governing Access to Scarce, Essential Resources, Columbia Law School, June 2013


  • Property Law
  • Water Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Environmental Law


  • Natural Resources Law and Policy
  • Property Law
  • Climate Change
  • Water Management and Policy
  • Environmental Economics
  • Seminar on Environmental Issues

Academic Experience

  • Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (September 2022-present)
  • Associate Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2016-August 2022)
  • Research Associate Professor
    Texas A&M ​Department of Agricultural Economics (2016-present)
  • Affiliate scholar
    The Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University (2013-present)
  • Teaching fellow and lecturer
    Stanford Law School (2013-2016)
  • Visiting lecturer
    University of Granada Administrative Law Department (Spain) (2016)
    University of Parma Constitutional Law Department (Italy) (2015​)


  • J.S.D., New York University, 2014
  • Advanced Legal Studies Certificate, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), 2010
  • LL.M., The University of Chicago Law School, 2009
  • LL.M., Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), 2008
  • B.A. in Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), 2008
  • LL.B., Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), 200​6

Awards / Honors

  • Provost’s Global Research Initiatives Program, NYU London, summer 2013
  • Rafael del Pino Foundation Fellowship, 2012-2013
  • Visiting Scholar, Fundación Juan March, Madrid, summer 2012
  • LL.M. award for Integration and Inclusion, 2009
  • La Caixa Foundation Fellowship, 2009
  • Award for Extraordinary academic performance in the LL.B (1st in class), 2006
  • Research Scholarship, Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology, 2006

Other Professional Activities

  • Co-organizer, Uncommon Dialogue: The Water-Energy Nexus, Stanford University, October 2015
  • Co-organizer, Uncommon Dialogue: U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Water Issues, Stanford Law School, May 2014