Alejandro Camacho

Professor of Law

Director, Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources
Joint appointment in Law and Political Science
Faculty Affiliate, Newkirk Center for Science and Society

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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 scholarship 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 systems.  Professor Camacho interdisciplinary research involves collaborations with experts in ecology, land use planning, political science, computer science, genetics, philosophy, and sociology.  He is a co-investigator on National Science Foundation-funded research working with The Nature Conservancy to develop and study a collaborative cyber-infrastructure for facilitating information sharing on and managing the ecological effects of climate change.

Professor Camacho also serves as the inaugural Director of the UCI Law Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources, which seeks to promote public engagement and discussion through conferences, lectures, 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; Affiliated Faculty with the Newkirk Center for Science and Society; 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 UC Irvine, 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.

Prior Courses

Environmental Law, Environmental Law & Policy, Property, Regulatory Design & Innovation, Environmental Ethics and the Professional Role

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