Bruce Huber

Associate Professor of Law

Office: 2143 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574.631.2538
Fax: 574.631.3595
Staff Assistant: Gloria Krull
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Bruce Huber teaches and conducts research in the areas of environmental law, natural resources law, property, and energy law. He joined the Notre Dame law faculty in 2011. After earning his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, Professor 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.

Professor Huber's research emphasizes the interaction between law and politics. Generally, his publications address emissions trading and regulation, pollution control, energy regulation, pesticide regulation, and public land and resource management. Much of his work explores how environmental and energy law deal with industries and individuals who stand to be adversely impacted by proposed regulatory or legal changes, and how such actors often obtain favorable legal treatment. He has presented his work at numerous events and conferences and has been quoted in the national media on matters related to his research.

Courses Taught

Law 60909, Property
Law 70329, Energy Law
Law 70350, Natural Resources Law


Selected Publications

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

Swift & Co. v. United States, entry in The Encyclopedia of the United States Constitution (David Schultz
ed., 2009)

Areas of Expertise

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

In the News

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