Law Practice

Peter Prows counsels public agencies, private clients, and sovereigns on complex water, land use, and boundary delimitation issues. He is experienced in California water law, the California Environmental Quality Act, the Endangered Species Act, the public trust doctrine, real property, and the law of the sea. He litigates in state and federal trial and appellate courts. He also counsels clients on compliance matters. Representative clients include:

  • The City of Stockton, in litigation over water supplies with another public agency
  • The Western Water Company, in litigation over a water contract with a public agency
  • A reclamation district in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, in reporting its water diversions and use to the State Water Resources Control Board
  • A private property owner in Southern California, in administrative mandamus proceedings against the California Coastal Commission
  • A multinational fishing company being taken public by UBS and HSBC on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, in due diligence on its high seas fishing operations
  • The Republic of Palau, in United Nations negotiations over destructive fishing practices in the high seas, the security and resource implications of climate change, and the extended continental shelf

Prior to coming to Briscoe Ivester & Bazel in 2008, Mr. Prows clerked for Judge Charles N. Brower of 20 Essex Street Chambers, London, in his private international arbitration practice, and for Judge Abdul G. Koroma of Sierra Leone at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.


Prior Experience

Law Clerk, The Hon. Charles N. Brower, 20 Essex Street Chambers, London (2007-2008); Law Clerk, The Hon. Abdul G. Koroma, The Hague (2006-2007); Summer Associate, White & Case LLP, New York (2005); Research Associate (international law), Professor Thomas M. Franck (deceased), New York (2004-2005); Term-Time Associate, Legal Action Center, New York (2003-2004); Research associate (constitutional law, state and local government debt financing), Professor M. David Gelfand (deceased), New Orleans (2003-2005); Intern (public benefits and employment law), New Orleans Legal Assistance, New Orleans (2003).



“Mauritius Brings UNCLOS Arbitration Against The United Kingdom Over The Chagos Archipelago”, American Society Of International Law Insights (Vol. 15, Issue 8, April 2011)

California’s New Water Legislation: A Bucket Of Reform Or But A Drop?, ABA Natural Resources & Environment (Fall 2010)

Judge Wanger Upholds NMFS Steelhead Hatchery Listing Decisions, 11:1 Endangered Species Committee Newsletter 9 (2009)

The U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea Turns 27, and American Ratification Is Not in Sight – Still, 1 Berkeley Journal of International Law Publicist 18 (2009) (co-authored with John Briscoe).

Nobody Is Responsible—So We All Are, interview on plastic pollution and the law of the sea in Plastic Soup by Jesse Goossens (2009)

The CMS Saga: Res Judicata, Precedent, and the Legitimacy of ICSID Arbitration, in International Investment Law for the 21st Century: Essays in Honour of Christoph Schreuer (Oxford University Press 2009) (co-authored with the Hon. Charles N. Brower & Michael Ottolenghi).

Res Judicata and the ICJ’s Genocide Case: Implications for Other Courts and Tribunals?, 21 Pace International Law Review 37 (2009) (co-authored with Michael Ottolenghi).

A Mouse Can Roar: Small Island States, the United Nations, and the End of Free-For-All Fishing on the High Seas, 19 Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law & Policy 1 (2008).

Tough Love: The Dramatic Birth and Looming Demise of UNCLOS Property Law (and What Is To Be Done About It), 42 Texas International Law Journal 241 (2007).

Palau’s Marine Protected Areas: Past, Present, and Future, 16 International Journal of Island Affairs (2007).

The Role of Presumptions in International Tribunals, 4 The Law & Practice of International Courts & Tribunals 197 (2005) (co-authored with Professor Thomas M. Franck).

Public Participation and Political Community in New Orleans: A Pragmatic Way Forward, in Report to Mayor Nagin’s Bring New Orleans Back Commission An Alternative Vision for Rebuilding, Redevelopment & Reconstruction 54 (2005).


Co-chair, Law of the Sea Interest Group, American Society of International Law.

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Practice Areas

Land Use & Natural Resources, Land Title, Environmental Law, Litigation



LL.M, New York University School of Law 2006, Institute for International Law and Justice scholar, J.D., New York University School of Law 2005, B.A., Oberlin College, High Honors in Politics



State Bar of California, State Bar of New York (inactive)