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David Takacs

Professor of Law


Professor David Takacs is a proud UC Law SF 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.

His scholarly work addresses forest carbon offsetting, biodiversity conservation law, environmental and ecological democracy, rights for nature, and the human right to water. He is the author of The Idea of Biodiversity (Johns Hopkins U. Press). 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. In 2017, he received the Rutter Award for Outstanding Teaching at UC Law SF.

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.


  • University of California Hastings College of the Law
    J.D., Law

  • University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies
    LL.M., International Law

  • Cornell University
    Ph.D., Science & Technology Studies

  • Cornell University
    M.A., History and Philosophy of Science

  • Cornell University
    B.S., Biology

Selected Scholarship


  • 1st Year Environmental Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Climate Change: Law and Business Seminar
  • Torts
  • Biodiversity Law