Alejandro Camacho

Professor of Law

Director, Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources
Joint appointment in Law and Political Science

Alejandro Camacho


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 is an elected member of the American Law Institute. In Fall 2017, he was the Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law at the Yale Law School. He 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.

Current Courses:

Environmental Law

Prior Courses:

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

Prof. Camacho's Scholarly Papers on SSRN

  • March 10, 2017
    Presenter, Assisted Migration and Species Translocation, CALIFORNIA GRIZZLY STUDY GROUP, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA, (confirmed)
  • Feb. 9, 2017
  • 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
  • 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