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Albert C. Lin

Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law


J.D., University of California, Berkeley 1996

M.P.P., Harvard University 1995

B.S. Biology, Emory University 1992


Albert Lin is a Professor of Law at the UC Davis School of Law, where he specializes in environmental and natural resources law and also teaches evidence. His research interests include toxic torts and the relationship between technology, the environment, and law. Prior to joining the UC Davis faculty, Professor Lin was a trial attorney for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. A graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to the Honorable James Browning of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is the author of Prometheus Reimagined: Technology, Environment, and Law in the 21st Century (Univ. of Michigan Press 2013) and the co-author of a widely used environmental law casebook.

Subject Areas

Environmental Law, Natural Resources, Evidence

Courses Taught

  • Environmental Law
  • Evidence
  • International Environmental Law
  • Public Land Law
  • Emerging Technologies & the Environment

Selected Career Highlights

  • Law Clerk to Hon. James R. Browning, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1996-97
  • Law Clerk to Hon. Merrick B. Garland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 1997-98
  • Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division, 1998-2003

Selected Publications

President Trump’s War on Regulatory Science, 43 HARV. ENVTL. L. REV. __ (forthcoming 2019).

State Public Nuisance Claims and Climate Change Adaptation (symposium article), __ PACE ENVTL. L. REV. __ (forthcoming 2019) (with Michael Burger).

Carbon Dioxide Removal After Paris, 45 ECOL. L.Q. __ (forthcoming 2018).

Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment as Private Environmental Governance (symposium article), 9 GWU J. ENERGY & ENVTL. L. 33 (2018).

Herding Cats: Governing Distributed Innovation, 96 N.C. L. REV. 945 (2018). 


Mismatched Regulation: Genetically Modified Mosquitoes and the Coordinated Framework for Biotechnology (symposium article), 51 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 205 (2017).

Community Levers for Benefit Sharing (symposium article), 21 LEWIS & CLARK L. REV. 357 (2017).

Preliminary Injunctive Regulation, 58 ARIZ. L. REV. 1027 (2016).

The Missing Pieces of Geoengineering Research Governance, 100 MINN. L. REV. 2509 (2016).

Chapter 13: What Is Responsible Development of Nanotechnology?,  in NANOTECHNOLOGY: DELIVERING ON THE PROMISE VOL. 1 (H.N. Cheng et al. eds., American Chemical Society, 2016).

Myths of Environmental Law, Utah L. Rev. (2015)

Lessons from the Past for Assessing Energy Technologies for the Future , (symposium article), 61 UCLA L. Rev. 1814 (2014)

Geoengineering, in Global Climate Change and U.S. Law (Michael B. Gerrard & Jody Freeman eds., American Bar Association, 2d ed. 2014).

A Sustainability Critique of the Obama “All of the Above” Energy Approach , (symposium article), 4 GW J. Energy & Envtl. L. 17 (2014)

Does Geoengineering Present a Moral Hazard? , 40 Ecol. L. Q. 673 (2013)

Power to the People: Restoring the Public Voice in Environmental Law, (symposium article), 46 U. Akron L. Rev. 1017 (2013).

Prometheus Reimagined: Technology, Environment, and Law in the 21st Century, (U. Mich. Press, 2013).

Environmental Policy Law: Problems, Cases and Readings (with Holly Doremus & Ronald H. Rosenberg), Foundation Press, 6th edition (2012)

Geoengineering’s Thermostat Dilemma , The Law of the Future and the Future of Law, Vol. 2 (Sam Muller ed., Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law, 2012).

Public Trust and Public Nuisance: Common Law Peas in a Pod? , (symposium article), 45 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1075 (2012)

International Legal Regimes and Principles Relevant to Geoengineering , Geoengineering the Climate: Law, Ethics and Policy Considerations (William C.G. Burns & Andrew Strauss eds., Cambridge Univ. Press, forthcoming 2012)

Technology Assessment 2.0: Revamping Our Approach to Emerging Technologies , 76 BROOKLYN L. REV. 1309 (2011)

Public Nuisance: A Potential Common Law Response to Nanotechnology’s Uncertain Harms, in The Nanotechnology Challenge: Creating Legal Institutions for Uncertain Risks (David Dana ed., Cambridge University Press, 2011).

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY LAW: PROBLEMS, CASES AND READINGS, (5th ed.) (with Holly Doremus, Ronald H. Rosenberg, and Thomas J. Schoenbaum) (Foundation Press 2008)

Deciphering the Chemical Soup: Using Public Nuisance to Compel Chemical Testing , 85 NOTRE DAME LAW REVIEW 995 (2010)

Geoengineering Governance , ISSUES IN LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP, Vol. 8, Issue 3 (Symposium: Balancing the Risks: Managing Technology and Dangerous Climate Change), Article 2 (2009)

Evangelizing Climate Change , 17 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY ENVIRONMENTAL LAW JOURNAL 1135 (2009)

Virtual Consumption: A Second Life for Earth? , 2008 BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 47

Size Matters: Regulating Nanotechnology , 31 HARVARD ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REVIEW 349 (2007)

The Unifying Role of Harm in Environmental Law , 2006 WISCONSIN LAW REVIEW 897

Beyond Tort: Compensating Victims of Environmental Toxic Injury , 78 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LAW REVIEW 1439 (2005)

Erosive Interpretation of Environmental Law in the Supreme Court's 2003-04 Term , 42 HOUSTON LAW REVIEW 565 (2005)

Refining Fair Notice Doctrine: What Notice Is Required of Civil Regulations?, 55 BAYLOR LAW REVIEW 991 (2003)

Clinton's National Monuments: A Democrat's Undemocratic Acts?, 29 ECOLOGY LAW QUARTERLY 707 (2002)

Comment, Application of the Continuing Violations Doctrine to Environmental Law, 23 ECOLOGY LAW QUARTERLY 723 (1996)

Comment, Participants' Experiences With Habitat Conservation Plans and Suggestions for Streamlining the Process, 23 ECOLOGY LAW QUARTERLY 369 (1996)