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Edward P. Richards

Clarence W. Edwards Professor of Law

Recent Scholarship

Professor Richards is an expert in public health and national security law. His current research is focused on threats posed to the Louisiana coast by climate change and ocean rise. In 2011-2012, Professor Richards published The Hurricane Katrina Levee Breach Litigation: Getting the First Geoengineering Liability Case Right (February 13, 2012). University of Pennsylvania Law Review PENNumbra, Vol. 160, p. 267, 2012; was a contributing author to  Acting as if Tomorrow Matters: Accelerating the Transition to Sustainability (Environmental Law Institute 2012); and published a chapter, "Introduction to the Legal System," in A Practical Introduction to Food and Drug Regulation. He presented on Legal Issues in Disaster Medical Standards. Mass Casualty Incident Management (MCIM) Conference in New Orleans, July 2011, on Disaster Preparedness and Public Health at the ABA Bioethics Section, ABA 2012 Midyear Meeting, 4 Feb 2012, and on The Challenge of Steady State Coastal Law in the Time of Rising Oceans, . 9th Annual International Wetlands Conference, 7 June 2012. He serves as an officer in the AALS Administrative Law Section, the AALS National Security Law Section, and runs Internet discussion forums on administrative law, law teaching, and national security law. For more information, see: and Selected publications are available at:

Brief Biography

Professor Richards received his undergraduate degree from Rice University, where he studied enviromental science, biology, and behaviorial 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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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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Phone: 225/578-7595

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