Burlington Resources Professor in Environmental Law and Edward J. Womac, Jr. Professor in Energy Law
Professor Hudson joins LSU as an associate professor, holding a joint appointment with the LSU School of the Coast and Environment. He will be teaching 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. Much of his research is inspired by the unique problems posed by the “tragedy of the commons,” and the complicated role of private property rights as one solution to those problems. Professor Hudson’s research assesses how a system of private property rights can co-exist more successfully with regulation of natural resources, with specific emphasis on resolving conflicts between private property owners and the government. He also 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.
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.