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JREG Names UC Irvine Law Professor Alejandro Camacho Winner of Hamilton Prize

The Yale Journal on Regulation (JREG) has announced that Professor Alejandro E. Camacho, Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, is the 2010 recipient of the Walton H. Hamilton Prize for Outstanding Scholarship. The prize is awarded annually by JREG’s executive board to the author of the article most likely to have a significant impact on the study and understanding of regulatory policy.

In “Assisted Migration: Redefining Nature and Natural Resource Law Under Climate Change,” published in Volume 27.2 (Summer 2010) of the Yale Journal on Regulation, Professor Camacho explains why contemporary natural resource law’s fidelity to historic baselines, protecting preexisting biota, and shielding nature from human activity is increasingly untenable, particularly in light of climate change. He argues that active, anticipatory strategies such as assisted migration may not only be permissible but even necessary to avert substantial irreversible harm to ecological systems. More broadly, Professor Camacho argues that the institutions and goals of natural resource law must be changed to better reflect a dynamic, integrated world.

“I very much enjoyed my experience working with the editorial staff at the Yale Journal on Regulation,” said Professor Camacho. “In addition to the thoughtful suggestions and careful editing, everyone I worked with was incredibly helpful, pleasant, and accommodating throughout the editing process. Receiving the Walton H. Hamilton Prize for Outstanding Scholarship is truly icing on the cake, and I sincerely hope I have the opportunity to work with JREG again.”

Walton Hale Hamilton (1881-1958) was the Southmayd Professor of Law at Yale Law School from 1928 to 1948. Though an economist by training and not a lawyer himself, Hamilton astutely applied the insights of institutional economics to critique legal formalism. In the 1930s, he was a frequent advisor on New Deal economic policy. He eventually left Yale to become a full-time deputy to Thurman Arnold at the new Antitrust Division of the Justice Department. Thereafter, he joined Arnold’s newly formed Washington, D.C. law firm, Arnold, Fortas & Porter.

Now in its 28th volume, the Yale Journal on Regulation is a scholarly law journal that publishes articles by professors and practitioners from a variety of backgrounds on topics ranging from antitrust and bankruptcy to telecommunication and securities law. Additional information about the history and current content of the Journal can be found on the JREG website.