Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Oliver Houck

Professor - Law

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Department Affiliation


  • B.A., Harvard University, English, 1960
  • J.D., Georgetown Law Center, 1967

Academic Experience

  • Professor, Tulane University School of Law, 1986-
  • Associate Professor, Tulane University School of Law, 1982-1986
  • Visiting Professor, Tulane University School of Law, 1981-1982

Research & Teaching Specializations: Environmental and Natural Resources Law; Cuba

Related Experience

  • Director, Environmental Law Program, Tulane University, 1986-
  • Vice President for Conservation and Education, National Wildlife Federation, Washington, D.C., 1979-81
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., 1968-1971


  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Graduate School, Tulane University, 2002
  • Marks Research Award, Tulane University School of Law, 2001, 2002
  • Felix Frankfurter Distinguished Teaching Award, Tulane University School of Law, 1987
  • Conservationist of the Year, Louisiana, 1985


  • Spanish
  • French

Overseas Experience

  • Mexico
  • Cuba

Selected Publications

  • 2009. Taking Back Eden. Island Publishers.
  • 2002. “Unfinished Stories.” Colorado Law Review.
  • 2002. “TMDLs V: Aftershock and Prelude.” Environmental Law Reporter.
  • 2000. The Clean Water Act TMDL Program: Law, Policy and Implementation. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Law Institute.
  • 2000. “Environmental Law in Cuba.” Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law.
  • 1998. “Are Humans Part of Ecosystems?” Environmental Law.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Natural Resources Law; Pollution Control Law; Toxics and Hazardous Wastes; Water Resources; Fisheries Management; International Environmental Law

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Upcoming Events

Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A K-12 Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University are proud to announce a two-week summer educator institute exploring the geography, culture and history of Cuba. For an educator, Cuba is rich with lessons to bring into the classroom. This program highlights the important historical and cultural connections between the United States and Cuba. Participants will explore key sites and meet local experts and artists who will provide unique insight for educators who teach such subjects as U.S./Latin American Relations, World Geography, World History, and Spanish among others. Come and visit the site of the historic Bay of Pigs, explore Milton Hershey’s sugar plantation and hear firsthand about the Cuban national literacy campaign from the teachers themselves.

More information coming soon!

Please email or call 504.865.5164 for additional details.