Professor Camacho is a Professor of Law and the Faculty Director of the Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources at the University of California Irvine School of Law. His legal and interdisciplinary scholarship explores the goals, structures, and processes of regulation, with a particular focus on natural resources, public lands, pollution control, and land use law. Recent work considers the role of public participation and scientific expertise in regulation, the allocation of authority and relationships between regulatory institutions, and how the design and goals of legal institutions must and can be reshaped to more effectively account for emerging technologies and the dynamism of natural and human systems. His interdisciplinary research involves collaborations with experts in ecology, land use planning, political science, computer science, genetics, philosophy, and sociology. He is the co-author, with Robert Glicksman, of Reorganizing Government: A Functional and Dimensional Framework, published by NYU Press in 2019.
Professor Camacho is a frequent public speaker and has contributed opinion pieces and interviews for many print and radio news outlets. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a Scholar at the Center for Progressive Reform, a nonprofit think tank on issues of environmental protection and safety. In Fall 2017, he was the Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law at the Yale Law School. Before joining UCI, Professor Camacho was an Associate Professor at the Notre Dame Law School, a research fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center, and practiced environmental and land use law.