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Blake Hudson

Burlington Resources Professor of Environmental Law and Edward J. Womac, Jr. Professor of Energy Law
Interim Director, LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center; Professor of Law


Professor Hudson holds a joint appointment with the LSU School of the Coast and Environment. He teaches natural resources and environmental law related coursework. He practiced law from 2007-2009 at the law firm of Baker Botts in Houston, Texas, and was an assistant professor at Stetson University College of Law from 2009-2012.

Professor Hudson’s research considers how property, land use, and natural resources law and policy intersect with environmental and constitutional law, with specific focus on the issue of federalism as it relates to land use and the environment. One branch of his research centers on “commons” scholarship and the complicated role of private property rights and government institutions as solutions to commons dilemmas. Professor Hudson’s research further assesses how the issues of federalism and constitutional structure have the potential to both complicate and resolve land use and natural resource management issues at the state, federal, and international levels, with particular emphasis on forests, natural capital impacted by direct land use planning, and the legal and political institutions established to govern those resources. His articles are forthcoming or have been published in the Washington and Lee Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, Georgia Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, University of Colorado Law Review, Alabama Law Review, Tulane Law Review, Connecticut Law Review, and BYU Law Review, among a variety of other legal and peer-reviewed journals. His book, Constitutions and the Commons: The Impact of Federal Governance on Local, National, and Global Resource Management, was published by Resources for the Future/Earthscan in 2014.

Professor Hudson obtained his bachelor's degree in both biology and history, as well as minors in pre-law and political science, at the University of Montevallo, where he was a scholar-athlete. He graduated with high honors from Duke University School of Law, and also graduated with a Master's degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. While at Duke, Professor Hudson was a staff editor and the Submissions Editor for the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum. He also received the Class of 2007 Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement in Property.

Courses Taught

Natural Resources Law and Policy

Environmental Law

Energy Law and Regulation

Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy

International Environmental Law

Selected Publications

Law Review Articles

Blake Hudson, Relative Administrability, Conservatives, and Environmental Regulatory Reform, 68 Florida Law Review (forthcoming 2016).
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Blake Hudson and Brigham Daniels, Our Constitutional Commons, 49 Georgia Law Review 995 (2015).
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Blake Hudson, Institutional Preconditions for Policy Success, 89 Tulane Law Review 669 (2015).
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Blake Hudson, Dynamic Forest Federalism, 71 Washington and Lee Law Review 1643 (2014).
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Blake Hudson and Michael Hardig, Isolated Wetland Commons and the Constitution, 2014 BYU Law Review (forthcoming 2014).
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Blake Hudson and Jonathan Rosenbloom, Uncommon Approaches to Commons Problems: Nested Governance Commons and Climate Change, 64 Hastings Law Journal 1273 (2013).
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Blake Hudson, Federal Constitutions, Global Governance, and the Role of Forests in Regulating Climate Change, 87 Indiana Law Journal 1455 (2012).
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Blake Hudson, Federal Constitutions: The Keystone of Nested Commons Governance, 63 Alabama Law Review 1007 (2012).
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Blake Hudson, Climate Change, Forests and Federalism: Seeing the Treaty for the Trees, 82 University of Colorado Law Review 363 (2011).
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Blake Hudson, Natural Resources Law: Private Rights and Public Interest, with Eric Freyfogle and Michael Blumm, (Eagan, MN: West Academic Publishing 2015).

Blake Hudson, Constitutions and the Commons: The Impact of Federal Governance on Local, National, and Global Resource Management (Washington, D.C.: RFF Press 2014).

Chapters in Books

Fragmented Forest Federalism, in The Law and Policy of Environmental Federalism: A Comparative Analysis (Kalyani Robbins, ed., Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2015).

Agriculture and Forestry, inGlobal Climate Change and U.S. Law (Michael Gerrard and Jody Freeman, eds., American Bar Association, 2d. ed., 2014).

Institutions, Law, and the Political Ecology of Urban Forestry: A Comparative Approach, in Urban Forests, Trees, and Green Space: A Political Ecology Perspective (L. Anders Sandberg, Adrina Bardekjian, and Sadia Butt, eds., Earthscan, 2014).