Professor of Law
Director, Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources
Joint appointment in Law and Political Science
Environmental law, natural resource law, land use regulation, regulatory design and government organization
Professor Camacho’s expertise is in environmental law, land use regulation, and government organization, with a particular focus on adaptive management, collaborative governance, and climate change. His writing in environmental law explores how both the design and goals of the law and legal institutions must and can be reshaped to more effectively account for the dynamic character of natural and human systems. His legal scholarship includes articles published in the Washington University Law Review, Yale Journal on Regulation, UCLA Law Review, Emory Law Journal, North Carolina Law Review, Colorado Law Review, BYU Law Review, Harvard Journal on Legislation, Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, and Stanford Environmental Law Journal.
Professor Camacho’s interdisciplinary research involves collaborations with experts in ecology, land use planning, political science, computer science, genetics, philosophy, and sociology. He was a co-investigator on National Science Foundation-funded research developing a collaborative cyber-infrastructure for facilitating climate change adaptation. His scientific publications include articles in BioScience, the Journal of Applied Ecology, Issues in Science and Technology, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Professor Camacho also serves as the inaugural Director of the UCI Law Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources, which seeks to promote policy-relevant research and public engagement through conferences, lectures, publications, and stakeholder facilitation on a variety of regional and national environmental issues. He is a Scholar at the Center for Progressive Reform, a nonprofit think tank devoted to issues of environmental protection and safety. He is on the Executive Committee of UCI OCEANS, and holds a courtesy appointment in Political Science at UCI’s School of Social Sciences. He is the former chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Natural Resources. Before joining UCI, Professor Camacho was an Associate Professor at the Notre Dame Law School, a research fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center, and practiced environmental and land use law.
Environmental Law, Environmental Law & Policy, Property, Regulatory Design & Innovation, Environmental Law Practicum, Environmental Ethics and the Professional Role
Alejandro E. Camacho, Managing Ecosystem Effects in an Era of Rapid Climate Change, in Climate Change Law 555 (Daniel A. Farber & Marjan Peeters eds., 2016).
Alejandro Camacho et al., Memo to the Next President: A Progressive Vision of Government and Protective Safeguards, Ctr. Progressive Reform (Aug. 2016), http://progressivereform.org/articles/CPR_Memo_to_Next_ Pres_Prog_Vision_1606.pdf.
Alejandro E. Camacho, Elizabeth M. Taylor & Melissa L. Kelly, Lessons from Area-Wide Multi-Agency Habitat Conservation Plans in California, 46 Envtl. L. Rep. 10222 (2016).
Alejandro E. Camacho, Elizabeth M. Taylor, Melissa L. Kelly & Stephanie L. Talavera, Emerging Regulatory Experiments in Permit Process Coordination for Endangered Species and Aquatic Resources in California, 46 Envtl. L. Rep. 10131 (2016).
Robert L. Glicksman & Alejandro E. Camacho, Legal Adaptive Capacity and How Agencies Respond to Change, RegBlog (Aug. 8, 2016), http://www.regblog.org/2016/08/08/glicksman-camacho-legal-adaptive-capacity-how-agencies-respond-to-change/.
Alejandro Camacho & Robert Glicksman, On Climate Change Preparation, Record of Land Management Agencies Is Mixed, Ctr. Progressive Reform: CPRBlog (July 20, 2016), http://progressivereform.org/CPRBlog.cfm?idBlog=55C9AA34-FD6E-81BA-E0852CC32B1AA272.
Alejandro E. Camacho, Going the Way of the Dodo: De-Extinction, Dualisms, and Reframing Conservation, 46 Envtl. L. Rep. 10701 (2016).
Alejandro E. Camacho, A Visionary but Flawed Program Needs to Evolve, 33 Envtl. F. 50 (2016).
Joseph F.C. DiMento & Alejandro E. Camacho, Climate Change by Administrative Law?,Daily J. (2016).
Alejandro E. Camacho & Robert L. Glicksman, Legal Adaptive Capacity: How Program Goals and Processes Shape Federal Land Adaptation to Climate Change, 87 U. Colo. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2016).
Alejandro E. Camacho, Going the Way of the Dodo: De-Extinction, Dualisms, and Reframing Conservation, 92 Wash. U. L. Rev. 849 (2015).
Alejandro E. Camacho, Managing Adaptation: Developing a Learning Infrastructure in the United States’ Federal System, in Implementing Adaptation Strategies by Legal, Economic and Planning Instruments on Climate Change 41 (Eike Albrecht, Michael Schmidt, Magdalena Mißler-Behr & Simon P. N. Spyra eds., 2014).
Alejandro E. Camacho, Elizabeth M. Taylor & Melissa L. Kelly, Lessons from Area-Wide Multi-Agency Habitat Conservation Plans in California, UC Irvine Ctr. Land Env’t Nat. Resources (Mar. 2015), http://www.law.uci.edu/academics/centers/cleanr/CLEANR-HCPReport-2015march.pdf.
Alejandro E. Camacho & T. Douglas Beard, Jr., Maintaining Resilience in the Face of Climate Change, in Social-Ecological Resilience and Law 235 (Ahjond S. Garmestani & Craig R. Allen eds., 2014).
Alejandro E. Camacho & Robert L. Glicksman, Functional Government in 3-D: A Framework for Evaluating Allocations of Government Authority, 51 Harv. J. on Legis. 19 (2014).
Alejandro E. Camacho, Community Benefits Agreements: A Symptom, Not the Antidote, of Bilateral Land Use Regulation, 78 Brook. L. Rev. 355 (2013).
Mark W. Schwartz et al., Managed Relocation: Integrating the Scientific, Regulatory, and Ethical Challenges, 62 BioScience 732 (2012).
Alejandro E. Camacho, A Learning Collaboratory: Improving Federal Climate Change Adaptation Planning, BYU L. Rev. 1821 (2011).
Lawrence E. Susskind, Alejandro E. Camacho & Todd Schenk, A Critical Assessment of Collaborative Adaptive Management in Practice, 49 J. Applied Ecology 47 (2011).
Alejandro E. Camacho, Holly Doremus, Jason S. McLachlan & Ben A. Minteer, Reassessing Conservation Goals in a Changing Climate, XXVI Issues Sci. Tech. (2010), http://issues.org/26-4/p_camacho/.
Alejandro E. Camacho, Transforming the Means and Ends of Natural Resource Management, 89 N.C. L. Rev. 1405 (2011).
Alejandro E. Camacho, Joseph F.C. DiMento & Michael Robinson-Dorn, Foreword: Environmental Law at UCI, 1 UC Irvine L. Rev. 1081 (2011).
Holly Doremus et al., Making Good Use of Adaptive Management, Ctr. Progressive Reform (Apr. 2011), http://www.progressivereform.org/articles/ Adaptive_Management_1104.pdf.
Alejandro Camacho, Why Federal Climate Change Legislation Shouldn't Stop States From Innovating in Adaptation Efforts, Ctr. Progressive Reform: CPRBlog (May 27, 2010), http://www.progressivereform.org/CPRBlog.cfm?idBlog=D5C84AED-945C-C3FD-544E28312EF15CF5.
Alejandro Camacho, On Adaptation, Kerry-Lieberman Climate Bill Largely Similar to ACES, But Drops Several Provisions and Provides Less Money, Ctr. Progressive Reform: CPRBlog (May 14, 2010), http://www.progressivereform.org/CPRBlog.cfm?idBlog=94E5459C-97E7-DDCE-87B470670A5F3030.
Alejandro E. Camacho, Assisted Migration: Redefining Nature and Natural Resource Law Under Climate Change, 27 Yale J. on Reg. 171 (2010). (awarded the Walton H. Hamilton Prize as the article in the journal's Volume 27 most likely to have a significant impact on the study and understanding of regulatory policy)
Alejandro E. Camacho, Lawrence E. Susskind & Todd Schenk, Collaborative Planning and Adaptive Management in Glen Canyon: A Cautionary Tale, 35 Colum. J. Envtl. L. 1 (2010).
David M. Richardson et al., Multidimensional Evaluation of Managed Relocation, 106 Proc. Nat’l Acad. Sci. U.S. 9721 (2009).
Alejandro Camacho, Climate Change Adaptation Still Being Given Short Shrift in Local, State, and Federal Government, Ctr. Progressive Reform: CPRBlog (Nov. 9, 2009), http://www.progressivereform.org/CPRBlog.cfm?idBlog=D7819AB5-EC36-9AA0-80708822A4D91DD2.
Alejandro E. Camacho, Adapting Governance to Climate Change: Managing Uncertainty through a Learning Infrastructure, 59 Emory L.J. 1 (2009).
- March 10, 2017
Presenter, Assisted Migration and Species Translocation, CALIFORNIA GRIZZLY STUDY GROUP, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA, (confirmed)
- Feb. 9, 2017
Presenter, GEORGETOWN UNIV. LAW CENTER ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH WORKSHOP (confirmed)
- January 13, 2017
Convener and Facilitator, California’s Pioneering Marine Protected Areas, UCI Law CLEANR Roundtable
- Dec. 9, 2016
Co-convener, Tensions of Transparency: Open Government Laws in Land Use Regulation, UCI Law CLEANR Roundtable
- June 9, 2016
Convener and Facilitator, Adaptive Management of Marine Protected Areas, UCI Law CLEANR Roundtable
- Nov. 11, 2016
Presenter, GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV. LAW SCHOOL, (conference dedicated to ALEJANDRO E. CAMACHO & ROBERT L. GLICKSMAN, (RE)ORGANIZING GOVERNMENT: THE FUNCTIONS AND DIMENSIONS OF REGULATORY AUTHORITY) (confirmed)
- Aug. 19, 2016
Speaker, De-extinction, legal dualisms, and reframing conservation policy, NORTH AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGICAL CONFERENCE, Washington, DC
- June 14, 2016
Speaker, CLEANR and Climate Change Adaptation, SIERRA CLUB OF ORANGE COUNTY, Tustin, California
- May 13, 2016
Speaker, NEPA, the ESA, and the Functional Tradeoffs of Inter-Agency Coordination, SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE OF AMERICAN LEGAL EDUCATORS, ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
- February 26, 2016
Panelist, Improving Habitat Conservation Planning, CLE INTERNATIONAL ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT CONFERENCE, San Diego, California
- Dec. 4, 2015
Participant, Redeveloping Democracy: Capturing the Public and Private Value(s) of Land Use, UCI Law CLEANR Roundtable
- November 9-10, 2015
Participant, Developing a National Habitat Conservation Plan Coalition, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, West Virginia
- October 15, 2015
Co-Organizer and Moderator, Desalination, UCI Law CLEANR
- July 30, 2015
Co-Organizer, Innovation in Habitat Conservation Planning, White House Council on Environmental Quality, Washington, D.C.
- July 30, 2015
Participant, Roundtable on Permit Coordination, ENVIRONMENTAL LAW INSTITUTE, Washington, DC
- July 15, 2015
Convener and Facilitator, Lessons from the Natural Community Conservation Planning Experience in Southern California, UCI Law CLEANR Roundtable
- June 11, 2015
Featured Speaker, “Adapting to the Ecological Effects of ClimateChange,” Dig Deeper About Climate Change Film & Speaker Series, Orange
- March 27, 2015
Lecturer, Conserving Species in a Changing Climate, CLE International Endangered Species Act Conference, San Diego
- March 12, 2015
Energy & Environmental Forum Lecture, “Managing the Effects of Climate Change: The Limits of Existing Natural Resources Governance,” Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, University of Tennesee
- Dec. 11, 2014
Convener, Financing and Mitigation of Habitat Conservation through Infrastructure Planning, Sacramento
- October 23, 2014:
Host/Moderator, Emerging Issues in Environmental Law Policy and Practice Symposium: Harmonizing Marijuana Legalization with Environmental, Land Use, and Other Regulations, UCI Law Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources
- Sept.19, 2014:
Participant, Adaptive Management Workshop, George Washington University Law School
- July 17-18, 2014:
Presenter, Second Annual Research Roundtable on Natural Preservation in a Rapidly Changing Climate, Northwestern University Law School
- March 13, 2014:
Presenter, “Federal Land Planning for Climate Change,” The Role of Planning in Federal Land Management, J.B. & Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium, at George Washington University Law School
- March 10, 2014:
Moderator, Genetically Modified: Food Security, Health and the Environment, UCI Law
- March 7, 2014:
Workshop on “Joint Fact-finding: Taking Stock, Refining Practice, Setting Direction” at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
- Nov. 18, 2013:
Presenting “The Environmental Law of De-Extinction” before the National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Science, Technology, and Law
- Oct. 2013:
Conference co-chair, First Annual Emerging Issues in Environmental Law Policy and Practice Symposium, UCI Law
- Sept.30, 2013:
Respondent for “The Law and Economics of Redevelopment: Kelo and Beyond,” UCI Law
- May 31, 2013:
Presenting “Federal Environmental Law,” De-Extinction: Ethics, Law & Politics conference, at Stanford Law School
- March 21, 2013:
CLEANR Guest Speaker Kenneth Feinberg at UCI Law
- March 15, 2013:
Moderator, Environmental Regulation panel, The Costs and Benefits of Cost-Benefit Analysis, Law & Economics Symposium, at UCI Law
- March 4, 2013:
Presenting the Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy at University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law
- March 4, 2013:
Presenting “Functional Government in 3-D” at University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law
- Feb. 19, 2013:
CLEANR Literature Series, Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality at UCI Law
- Jan. 25, 2013:
Presenting “The Law and Ethics of Assisted Migration and Other Emerging Conservation Strategies,” Levin College of Law, Univ. of Florida
- Jan. 24, 2013:
Presenting “Government Organization: A Functional and Dimensional Approach,” Florida State Univ. College of Law
- Nov. 8, 2012:
CLEANR Guest Speaker Kent Syverud at UCI Law
- Voice of OC: Prof. Camacho quoted: Banning Ranch ruling reaffirms what CEQA is all about
- Courthouse News Service: Prof. Camacho quoted: “It’s back to the drawing board with the city” for Newport Banning Ranch project
- ScienceLine: Prof. Camacho quoted on de-extinction and conservation law
- CPRBlog: Prof. Camacho co-authors “Congress Wants Land Agency to Ignore the Facts and Future”
- UCI News: UCI Law professors Camacho, DiMento, Robinson-Dorn and the Center for Land, Environment & Natural Resources, and Environmental Law Clinic featured in story on UCI's efforts in tracking and tackling environmental challenges
- RegBlog: Prof. Camacho co-authors opinion piece “Legal Adaptive Capacity and How Agencies Respond to Change”
- Bloomberg BNA: “Memo to the Next President” calls on next elected president to talk constructively about safeguarding public health and safety
- Center for Progressive Reform: Prof. Camacho contributor to new paper “Memo to the Next President,” urging constructive approach to government
- The Environmental Forum: Prof. Camacho contributes article to Environmental Law Institute debate among experts on species conservation (PDF)
- Daily Journal: Professors DiMento and Camacho write on Climate Change by Administrative Law (PDF)
- Sea Change Radio: Prof. Camacho discusses Paris Climate Agreement & SCOTUS granting stay of EPA Clean Power Plan
- Environmental Law & Policy Annual Review: Prof. Camacho’s article “Going the Way of the Dodo” jointly named by Environmental Law Institute and Vanderbilt Law School as one of the year's best
- Bloomberg Radio: Prof. Camacho discusses land use law involved in Malibu retail store ordinance (audio)
- Discover Magazine: Prof. Camacho on questions raised by revival of extinct species
- KQED: Prof. Camacho speaks at CLEANR event on reviving extinct species
- Mercury News: Prof. Camacho at CLEANR event on reviving extinct species
- Mother Jones: Prof. Camacho: Climate change not part of conservation laws
- Environmental Law Prof Blog: Prof. Camacho's article on Assisted Migration named one of year's best
- Huffington Post/History News Network: Professors Menkel-Meadow and Camacho sign petition to change Senate voting rule
- The Press-Enterprise: Prof. Camacho on city code issues in San Jacinto project
- e! Science News: "Notre Dame researchers describe new tool for evaluating 'managed relocations'"
- Nature Reports Climate Change: "Moving on assisted migration"