Notre Dame Law Professor Alejandro Camacho tells Nature – an international weekly journal of science – that the legal implication of assisted migration are immense. Assisted migration is the relocation of species threatened by climate change. This environmental tactic is not currently practiced, and is a controversial idea.
“A lot of environmental laws conserve and preserve what is there, and to a limited extent, restore the past,” Camacho told Nature. “This would change that. I think the alternative goal would be based on the value of biodiversity writ large. Were saying now that to serve biodiversity, we might want to move away from preservation.”
Camacho’s research primarily focuses on regulatory innovation in environmental, land use, and local government law. His article, “Mustering the Missing Voices: A Collaborative Model for Fostering Equality, Community Involvement and Adaptive Planning in Land Use Decisions,” was recently named as one of the ten best environmental or land use law articles of the year by a national peer review committee.
Prior to entering full-time law teaching, Professor Camacho was an associate in the Environment, Land, and Resources Department of Latham & Watkins, in Los Angeles, California. In 1995, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a bachelor’s degree in Criminology, Law, and Society, both summa cum laude, from the University of California, Irvine. In 1998, Professor Camacho received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as submissions editor and article editor for the Harvard Environmental Law Review. He also received an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2005.
Professor Camacho is currently the Chair-Elect of the Section on Natural Resources of the American Association of Law Schools, and a Member Scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform. He is a frequent lecturer and presenter, most recently at the Georgetown University Law Center, Northwestern University School of Law, and University of Illinois College of Law.
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