B.A., 1972, Rice University
J.D., 1978, University of Houston
M.P.H., 1983, University of Texas School of Public Health

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Edward P. Richards

Clarence W. Edwards Professor of Law
Director, Program in Law, Science, and Public Health; Professor of Law


Professor Richards received his undergraduate degree from Rice University, where he studied environmental science, biology, and behavioral science. He did graduate work at Baylor College of Medicine and then the University of Michigan, before receiving his J.D. from the University of Houston and his M.P.H. from the University of Texas School of Public Health. He was the Ruby M. Hulen/UMKC Professor of Law at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law and Director for the Center for Public Health Law. Since June 1, 2002, he has been the Harvey A. Peltier Professor of Law at the Louisiana State University Law Center, and Director of the Program in Law, Science, and Public Health. Professor Richards has worked in health and public health law for many years. Since coming to LSU, he has done extensive work in national security law. He has been a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies, and has authored more than 140 articles and five books. For more information, see Professor Richards personal WWW site:

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Courses Taught

Administrative Law, National Security Law, Health Care Tort Law, Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Law

Selected Publications

Law Review Articles

Edward P. Richards, The Hurricane Katrina Levee Breach Litigation: Getting the First Geoengineering Liability Case Right, 160 U. PA. L. REV. PENNUMBRA 267 (2012).
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Edward P. Richards, Dangerous People, Unsafe Conditions The Constitutional Basis for Public Health Surveillance, 30 Journal of Legal Medicine 25:50 (2009).
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Edward Richards, Legal Framework for Obesity Control, CDC Internal Policy Document (2006).

Edward Richards, What the Doctor Didn't Say: The Hidden Truth about Medical Research (Oxford 2006) with Jerry Menikoff.
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Chapters in Books

Edward P. Richards, Making State Public Health Laws Work for SARS Outbreaks, in Emerging Infectious Diseases, 356-357 (2004).

Edward P. Richards, Blood-borne and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, in LAW IN PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE (2002).

Edward P. Richards, Public Health Law, in PUBLIC HEALTH AND PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, 1147-1154 (1998).

Edward P. Richards, Legal Aspects of STD Control: Public Duties and Private Rights, in SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES (1989).

Edward P. Richards, The Role of Law Enforcement in Public Health Emergencies: Special Considerations for an All-Hazards Approach, in Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice (2006).

Electronic Publications

Edward P. Richards, Public Health Law Map.
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Honors & Awards

  • 2001 President's Award, American College of Legal Medicine
  • Chair-elect, American Association of Law School, Health Law Section
  • 1999 Elmer F. Pierson Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Missouri
  • 1999 Brenner Faculty Publishing Award, University of Missouri Kansas