featuring Professor Jan Laitos
Joe T. Juhan Endowed Professorship in Property Rights and Policy
University of Denver—Sturm College of Law
On behalf of the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources (EENR) Center at the University of Houston Law Center, we are delighted to announce the forthcoming events we’ll host in the frame of our virtual lecture series on Energy Transition and Climate Governance, sponsored by the EU’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, and spearheaded by Dr. Aubin Nzaou.
Challenging historic assumptions about human relationships with nature, Jan G. Laitos examines how environmental laws have addressed environmental problems in the past, and the reasons for the laws' inability to successfully prevent environmental contamination and alterations of critical environmental systems. This forward-thinking book offers a creative and organic alternative to traditional but ultimately unsuccessful environmental rules. It explains the need for a new generation of environmental laws grounded in the universal laws of nature which might succeed where past and current approaches have largely failed.
Jan Laitos holds the Joe T. Juhan Endowed Professorship in Property Rights and Policy at the Sturm College of Law. He is a regional board member of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, since 1981, a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He was Vice-Chair of the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission. He was also the Director of the nationally ranked Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program at the University of Denver Law School from 1981 until 2004. In 1996, he was given the University of Denver’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2005, he was selected a “DU Law Star.” Prior to joining the faculty at the Law school, he was the law clerk to the Chief Justice for the Colorado Supreme Court and an attorney with the Office of Legal Counsel within the United States Department of Justice.
He is the author of several books and treatises, published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, West Academic, Foundation Press, Aspen, Duke University Press, and Edward Elgar Publishing.
He has worked as a consultant on several cases decided by the 9th Circuit Court of Federal appeals, the Montana Supreme Court, the Nevada Supreme Court, the Idaho Supreme court, and the Colorado Supreme Court, and on several cert. petitions before the United States Supreme Court.
He has lectured at Austral University Law School in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the European Network For Housing Research Institute in Istanbul, Turkey, at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, the National University of Ireland at Galway, Ireland, the University of Oslo, Norway, the University of Tarragona, Spain, the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and the University of Western Sydney, Australia.
Professor Laitos’ publications are available on
We have a remarkable series planned for the rest of the year featuring domestic and international speakers.
Nov. 22, 2021 | 10-11 am ET
Columbia University—Columbia Law School
Dec. 1, 2021 | 10-11 am ET
Arizona State University—Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Dec. 8, 2021 | 10-11 am ET
University of Maryland—Carey School of Law
Jan. 20, 2022 | 10-11 am ET
University of Virginia—School of Law
Vanderbilt University—Law School
Feb. 17, 2022
Rutgers University—Rutgers Law School
Mar. 10, 2022 | 10-11 am ET
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Mar. 22, 2022 | 10-11 am ET
Vanderbilt University—Law School).
Apr. 2022 | 10-11 am ET
Daniel E. Walters
Penn State Law
Yale University—Yale Law School
Jun. 2022 | 10-11 am ET
University of Pennsylvania—Carey Law School
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