What is a Compact?

Interstate Compacts are one of the few tools specifically granted to states by the U.S. Constitution. They provide state policymakers with a viable alternative to federal intervention. Read more

Recommended reading:

The Evolving Law and Use of Interstate Compacts, Second Edition

The Evolving Law and Use of Interstate Compacts, 2nd Edition explains the theoretical principles behind interstate compacts; best practices with developing and drafting compacts; practical implications of operating in a compact-regulated environment; and the unique law of interstate compacts, including gaps, conflicts and trends. Drawing from nearly 100 years of collective experience, the authors have created this comprehensive legal reference and practical guide for lawyers, legislators, drafters, compact administrators, and students.  Order Here

Interstate Compact Law: Cases & Materials

The law governing formal agreements between U.S. states is unique. This new edition of Litwak’s Interstate Compact Law continues to throw bright light on all facets of compact law as it compares and contrasts compact law with other intergovernmental agreements. Covering materials through Spring 2018, the book includes all the cases, both historical and recent, that are vital to understanding the ways that states cooperate through interstate compacts. The cases have been edited to focus on the compact at issue, in addition to core legal principles. Notes and questions present related materials, supporting and contrary examples, and inviting discussion points. Examining how and why States cooperate, Litwak takes students through the interwoven constitutional, contractual, and administrative law of compacts. Still the only comprehensive book about the law of such agreements, Interstate Compact Law prepares lawyers to apply compact-law principles to any manner of intergovernmental cooperation.  Order Here