Bruce Huber

Bruce Huber

Professor of Law

Office: 2143 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574-631-2538
Fax: 574-631-3595
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. 

Huber is a fellow of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at Notre Dame 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 2017 graduating class also named Huber the Distinguished Professor of the Year. 

Courses Taught

Law 60909, Property

Law 70329, Energy Law

Law 70350, Natural Resources Law

Law 70328, Water Law


Selected Publications 

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)

Areas of Expertise

  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Political science
  • Property Law
  • Public land and resource management
  • Renewable energy
  • Water Law

In the News

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 
Why insiders think the EPA got the best of the Clean Power Plan hearing last week -- UtilityDive, Oct. 5, 2016
Trial begins for Oregon standoff leader Ammon Bundy -- USA Today, Sept. 13, 2016 
Obama rejects new Atlantic Ocean oil drilling -- USA Today, Mar. 15, 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 
FERC Order 745 ruling a 'good omen' for Clean Power Plan -- Utility Dive, Feb. 4, 2016 
Armed Oregon standoff continues despite arrests -- USA Today, Jan. 28, 2016 
Environmentalists Celebrate Keystone XL Decision -- NPR, November 8, 2015 
What The Keystone XL Pipeline Decision Actually Means -- NPR, November 7, 2015 
President Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline Proposal -- NBC News, November 6, 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 
Ruling could cost BP added $18B; stock slumps - USA Today, September 4, 2014 
Supreme Court limits greenhouse gas regulations - USA Today, June 23, 2014 
New EPA Carbon Limits Further Natural Gas Boom at Expense of Coal - Washington Times, June 2, 2014 
Obama EPA Issues Coal-Killing Rules To Cut Carbon Emissions 30 Percent - Forbes, June 2, 2014 
ND Expert: New carbon emission rule targets existing plants, will result in lawsuits - Notre Dame News, June 2, 2014 
Pollution Limits Drive Utility Costs Higher - Greenville Online, May 6, 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