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Alejandro Camacho

 Alejandro Camacho is Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine, and Director, UCI Law Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources.

Professor Camacho has taught courses in the areas of Environmental Law, Regulatory Reform and Innovation, Environmental Ethics, and Property. His scholarship primarily focuses on regulatory innovation and the design of environmental and land use decision-making processes. He is particularly interested in the role of public participation and scientific expertise in regulatory processes and the evolution and adaptation of regulatory programs.

Professor Camacho has represented community groups, government agencies, individuals, and corporations in a wide range of environmental and land use matters, including regulatory compliance, state and federal trial and appellate litigation, and the negotiation of land use and environmental plans and agreements. He has worked with and against various governmental bodies, including the Army Corps of Engineers, E.P.A., the Justice Department, the California Coastal Commission, and various other state agencies, local governments, water boards, and air districts. While in academia, Professor Camacho has worked with the Assisted Migration Working Group, a novel interdisciplinary effort established (and partially funded by the National Science Foundation) to consider the political, ethical, scientific, and legal implications of assisted migration as a response to climate change.

Prior to joining the Notre Dame Law Faculty, Professor Camacho was a research fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center from 2003 to 2005, teaching and writing on environmental and land use regulation. From 1998 to 2003, Professor Camacho was an Associate in the Environment, Land and Resources Department of Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles, California, where he specialized in environmental and land use regulation. He has also worked at the Massachusetts Department Of Environmental Protection, Office of General Counsel, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Professor Camacho’s most recent law review articles include Collaborative Planning and Adaptive Management in Glen Canyon: A Cautionary Tale, Columbia Journal of Environmental Law 2010; Adapting Governance to Climate Change: Managing Uncertainty through a Learning Infrastructure, Emory Law Journal 2009; and Beyond Conjecture: Learning about Ecosystem Management from the Glen Canyon Dam Experiment, Nevada Law Journal 2008 (invited).   Many of Professor Camacho’s previously written articles have been reprinted in texts by such editors as CPR Member Scholar A. Daniel Tarlock and Patricia Salkin.

Professor Camacho currently serves as the Chair-elect of the Section on Natural Resources of the American Association of Law Schools. Professor Camacho holds a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, and two B.A. summa cum laude degrees in Political Science and Criminology from the University of California, Irvine. For more information on Professor Camacho and his work, please see his website at http://law.nd.edu/faculty/alejandro-camacho. 
Alejandro Camacho
University of California Irvine School of Law
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