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Professor Howard Latin

J.D., University of California at
B.A., Brandeis


Global Climate Change, Toxic Torts and Toxic Substances Regulation, Torts, Products Liability, Law & Economics


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Howard Latin

Distinguished Professor of Law and Justice John J. Francis Scholar Emeritus

Howard A. Latin is a Distinguished Professor of Law and Justice John J. Francis Scholar at Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. He joined the Rutgers faculty in 1976 after receiving a B.A. from Brandeis and a J.D. from the University of California School of Law at Berkeley, where he was the lead articles editor of the California Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.

Professor Latin has published many articles in the fields of environmental law, torts, and products liability, including seven articles reprinted in collections of the “best of the year” or “best of all time” in those fields. His book, Climate Change Policy Failures: Why Conventional Mitigation Approaches Cannot Succeed (2012), explains why current national and international mitigation programs would achieve too little greenhouse gas reductions over too long a period of time, and consequently would not be able to stabilize or curtail increasing climate change risks. Professor Latin has also completed a book chapter on climate change problems, “Framing Global Climate Change,” in Climate Change: A Reader, William H. Rodgers, Jr., et al., (eds.) and three recent articles on climate change mitigation. He is now working on an article about fundamental dilemmas of environmental law.

Professor Latin was a Fulbright Scholar in Australia during 1992 and South Africa during 1997. He has been a visiting professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and UCLA School of Law; a visiting scholar at the Rockefeller Institute in Lake Como, Italy, the Law School of the University of California at Berkeley, and the Richardson School of Law of the University of Hawaii; and in Spring 2006, Latin was the Distinguished Visiting Environmental Law Scholar at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, OR. Professor Latin has traveled to more than 40 nations in the past four decades while conducting research on global climate change and international biodiversity conservation issues. Latin was elected a member of the American Law Institute in 1992, and has served as a consultant on environmental and torts issues to government agencies and public advocacy groups.

Professor Latin has been fortunate to combine his recreational interests in international travel and scuba diving with his professional interest in marine conservation issues around the world.