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A. Dan Tarlock

University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Professor of Law Emeritus


Chicago-Kent College of Law Chicago, IL

A. Dan Tarlock is a Distinguished Professor of Law at the Chicago- Kent College of Law and Honorary Professor UNECSO Centre for Water Law, Science and Policy, University of Dundee, Scotland. His teaching and research interests include environmental law, property, land use controls, biodiversity conservation and water law.

Professor Tarlock has previously been a permanent member of the faculties of the University of Kentucky and Indiana University, Bloomington. He has also visited at several law schools including the universities of Chicago, Pennsylvania, Hawai’i, Kansas, Michigan and Utah.

Professor Tarlock has served on several National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences committees studying the protection and recovery of stressed aquatic ecosystems, including a ten year review of the operation of Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River and a study of the restoration of the Missouri River ecosystem, published as The Missouri River Ecosystem: Exploring the Prospects for Recovery (2002). Professor Tarlock was a member of an NRC/ NAS committee to assess the future of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is a member of the special legal advisors to the Submissions Unit of the Commission on Environmental Cooperation in Montreal, Canada, which administers the NAFTA Environmental Side Agreement.  He has lectured on the problems of ecosystem, natural resources and river basin management in Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Kazakhstan, and Scotland as well as throughout the United States.

Professor Tarlock is the author of numerous articles and books on environmental law, land use controls and water law including, Water War in the Klamath: Macho Law, Combat Biology, and Dirty Politics (with Holly Doremus, 2008), Environmental Protection, Law and Policy (5rd ed Aspen Publishing, 2007) with Professor William Buzbee, Professor Robert Glicksman, Professor David Markell, Professor Daniel R. Mandelker, Water Resources Management with Professor James Corbridge and Professor David Getches, (5th ed 2002) and Law of Water Rights and Resources (1988 with annual updates).  Professor Tarlock was the chief report writer for the Western Water Policy Review Advisory Commission report, Water in the West, which was one of the first major federal publications to examine the relationship between urban growth and water use.

Professor Tarlock holds an A.B. and LL.B. from Stanford University.