Bruce Huber

Bruce Huber

Professor of Law

Office: 2155 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574-631-2538
Staff Assistant: Debbie Sumption
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Professor Bruce Huber joined the Notre Dame law faculty in 2011. After earning his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, Huber received his J.D. and a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned several teaching awards. Before arriving at Notre Dame, he taught for several years in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College. He has also practiced law in Washington State and worked as a college minister for a large Presbyterian church.

Huber teaches and conducts research in the areas of environmental law, natural resources law, property, and energy law. His particular areas of expertise include energy regulation, public land and resource management, and the interaction between law and politics. His scholarship in these fields has been published in such journals as the California Law Review, the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and The Georgetown Law Journal. In 2017 and 2022, his journal articles were selected as among the top five publications in the field of environmental law that year.

Huber is a fellow of the Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate and an editor of the journal Transnational Environmental Law. He has presented his work at numerous events and conferences around the world and has been quoted in the national media on matters related to his research. The graduating classes of 2017 and 2023 selected Huber as the Distinguished Professor of the Year.

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Courses Taught

Law 60909, Property

Law 70329, Energy Law

Law 70350, Natural Resources Law

Law 70328, Water Law

Law 70349, Environmental Law

Law 74431, International Environmental Law


Negative-Value Property, 98 Washington University Law Review 1461 (2021)

The New Nuclear? Small Modular Reactors and the Future of Nuclear Power, 1 Notre Dame Journal of Emerging Technology 458 (2020)

Property Rights, in Policy Instruments in Environmental Law (Ken Richards & Josephine Van Zeben eds., Edward Elgar 2020)

The US Public Lands as Commons, in Routledge Handbook of the Study of the Commons (Blake Hudson, Jonathan Rosenbloom, and Dan Cole eds., Routledge 2019)

Energy Law and Economics (Klaus Mathis & Bruce Huber eds.) (2018)

Environmental Law and Economics (Klaus Mathis & Bruce Huber eds.) (2017) 

Checks, Balances, and Nuclear Waste, 48 Arizona State Law Journal 1169 (2016) 

The Fair Market Value of Public Resources, 103 California Law Review 1515 (2015) 

Demand Response and Market Power, 100 Iowa Law Review Bulletin 87 (2015) 

The Durability of Private Claims to Public Property, 102 Georgetown Law Journal 991 (2014) 

How Did RGGI Do It? Political Economy and Emissions Auctions, 39 Ecology Law Quarterly 59 (2013) 

Transition Policy in Environmental Law, 35 Harvard Environmental Law Review 91 (2011)

In the News

Gridlock in Congress Has Amplified the Power of the Supreme Court -- New York Times, July 2, 2022
Trump to Outline Changes in Key Environmental Act -- International Business Times, July 15, 2020
Trump Administration Proposes Major Changes to Bedrock Environmental Law -- NPR, Jan. 9, 2020
White House wants to change environmental rules to speed up highway projects, pipelines and more -- Washington Post, Jan. 9, 2020
Worth the risk? It's not easy to put a value on a cathedral -- Associated Press, Apr. 19, 2019
Trump makes major change to US climate change narrative -- BBC News, Mar. 28, 2017
Changes coming to West as wildlife refuge occupiers await trial -- USA Today, Dec. 13, 2016 
Obama expresses support for native Americans in pipeline clash -- Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 3, 2016 
Supreme shock: Has US court holed Paris climate deal? -- BBC News, Feb. 10, 2016 
Supreme Court blocks Obama climate change rules -- CNN, Feb. 10, 2016 
Environmentalists Celebrate Keystone XL Decision -- NPR, November 8, 2015 
What The Keystone XL Pipeline Decision Actually Means -- NPR, November 7, 2015 
EPA proposes new standards to cut methane emissions -- CNBC, August 18, 2015 
Pipeline rupture a warning of spills to come? (Op-Ed) -- CNN, May 21, 2015 
Louisiana race forcing votes on Keystone pipeline approval -- CNN, November 13, 2014 
Supreme Court limits greenhouse gas regulations - USA Today, June 23, 2014 
Obama EPA Issues Coal-Killing Rules To Cut Carbon Emissions 30 Percent - Forbes, June 2, 2014  
Supreme Court Revives EPA Rule on Air Pollution Across State Lines - Wall Street Journal, Apr. 29, 2014 
The Cliven Bundy stand-off: Cowboys v Feds, A misguided insurrection revives an old debate about land in the West - The Economist, Apr. 26, 2014