Professor of Law


Professor David Takacs is a proud UC Hastings alumnus. He also holds an LL.M. from the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London, and a B.S. (Biology), M.A., and Ph.D. (Science & Technology Studies) from Cornell University.

He has been a consultant for international NGOs and US government agencies, analyzing legal and policy issues pertaining to REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) and global climate change. His scholarly work addresses carbon offsetting, biodiversity conservation law, and the human right to water. He is the author of The Idea of Biodiversity (Johns Hopkins U. Press). In 2017, he received the Rutter Award for Outstanding Teaching at UC Hastings.

Before his legal career, David was a professor in Earth Systems Science & Policy at CSU Monterey Bay, a lecturer in the John S. Knight Writing Program at Cornell, and a Peace Corps Forestry Volunteer in Senegal.



  1. University of California Hastings College of the Law

    J.D., Law

  2. University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies

    LL.M., International Law

  3. Cornell University

    Ph.D., Science & Technology Studies

  4. Cornell University

    M.A., History and Philosophy of Science

  5. Cornell University

    B.S., Biology

Selected Scholarship

  1. Are Koalas Fungible: Biodiversity Offsetting and the Law 2017

    N.Y.U Environmental Law Journal

  2. South Africa and the Human Right to Water: Equity, Ecology, and the Public Trust Doctrine 2016

    Berkeley Journal of International Law

  3. A Response to the IPCC Fifth Assessment 2015

    Environmental Law Reporter

  4. Environmental Democracy and Forest Carbon (REDD+) 2014

    Environmental Law

  5. Protecting Your Environment, Exacerbating Injustice: Avoiding 'Mandate Havens' 2014

    Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum

  6. Forest Carbon (Redd +), Repairing International Trust, and Reciprocal Contractual Sovereignty 2013

    Vermont Law Review

  7. Forest Carbon: Law and Property Rights 2009

    Conservation International


  1. Environmental Criminology Seminar
  2. 1st Year Environmental Law
  3. International Environmental Law
  4. Climate Change: Law and Business Seminar
  5. Torts
  6. Biodiversity