Colorado v. New Mexico

PETITIONER:Colorado
RESPONDENT:New Mexico
LOCATION:Minnesota State Legislature

DOCKET NO.: 80 ORIG
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1981-1986)
LOWER COURT:

CITATION: 459 US 176 (1982)
ARGUED: Oct 04, 1982
DECIDED: Dec 13, 1982

ADVOCATES:
Richard A. Simms – on behalf of the Defendants
Robert F. Welborn – on behalf of the Plaintiff

Facts of the case

This case brief is a precedent in the field of public international law. The main dispute that was considered in its framework is the dispute over the fair and rational use of water from the Vermejo River by two states, as the river flows through the territory of both of them. An international river that crosses or divides the territories of several states creates a relationship between the interests of coastal states, which determines their mutual rights and obligations with respect to this river. In this case, the court had to recognize the validity of one of the principles.