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Professor Howard Latin joined the Rutgers Law School faculty in 1976 after receiving a B.A. from Brandeis (1966) and J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley (1974), where he was lead articles editor of the California Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. His main academic interests are Environmental Law, International Environmental Law, Tort Law, and Products Liability Law.  Latin has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Australia (1992) and Fulbright Scholar in South Africa (1997), an Advisor to a 3-year Congressional Office of Technology Assessment study on "Rethinking Environmental Regulation," a Resident Scholar at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study Center at Lake Como, a Visiting Scholar at Boalt Hall School of Law of the University of California at Berkeley, and a Visiting Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and U.C.L.A. School of Law.  In 1992 he was elected to membership in the American Law Institute and became an active participant in the development of the Restatement of Torts (Third) on Products Liability.

Professor Latin is among the most widely-read scholars in the Environmental Law field, and is now writing a book entitled Saving Nature Despite Fools, Felons, and Experts: Conservation Stories from the Front Lines based on his visits to more than three dozen countries to evaluate their implementation of international and national environmental laws and on his experiences setting up EcoVitality projects.  He is a member of the International Society for Reef Studies and Australian Coral Reef Society, and has published about a dozen "law and science" articles in legal periodicals and in proceedings of scientific conferences.  Professor Latin has served as a consultant for environmental groups advocating marine conservation and pollution control, and he has engaged in political lobbying efforts to protect ocean wildlife in the Bahamas, Western Australia, the Galapagos Islands, and the United States.  A few of his more influential publications are:

"Good" Warnings, Bad Products, and Cognitive Limitations," 41 U.C.L.A. Law Review 1193-1295 (1994), reprinted in Anita Bernstein, ed., A Products Liability Anthology (1995).

"Regulatory Failure, Administrative Incentives, and the New Clean Air Act," 21 Environmental Law 1647-1720 (1991), reprinted in R. Fischman, M. Lipeles & M. Squillace, An Environmental Law Anthology (1996); reprinted in 1993 Land Use & Environment Law Review.

"Good Science, Bad Regulation, and Toxic Risk Assessment," 5 Yale Journal on Regulation 89-148 (1988), reprinted in 1989 Land Use & Environment Law Review.

"Ideal Versus Real Regulatory Efficiency: Implementation of Uniform Standards and 'Fine- Tuning' Regulatory Reforms," 37 Stanford Law Review 1267-1332 (1985); reprinted in R. Fischman, M. Lipeles & M. Squillace, An Environmental Law Anthology (1996); reprinted in 1987 Land Use & Environment Law Review.

"Environmental Deregulation and Consumer Decisionmaking Under Uncertainty," 6 Harvard Environmental Law Review 187-239 (1982).

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