Erik Luna is a law professor at Washington and Lee University. His interests include criminal law, criminal procedure, and constitutional law. Luna was a prosecutor in the San Diego District Attorney’s Office and a fellow and lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. He has served as the senior Fulbright Scholar to New Zealand, where he taught at Victoria University Law School and conducted research on restorative justice. Luna has also been a visiting professor with the Cuban Society of Penal Sciences and has taught U.S. constitutional law and criminal justice to judges and attorneys in Cuba. Most recently, he was a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, Germany, the world’s foremost center for the comparative study of criminal law and procedure. Prior to coming to Washington and Lee University, Luna was the Hugh B. Brown Professor of Law at the University of Utah and co-director of the Utah Criminal Justice Center. Among other professional activities, he is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Working Group on Criminal Law Issues. Luna graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California, and he received his J.D. with honors from Stanford Law School, where he was an editor of the Stanford Law Review.

More from Erik Luna


Cato Studies

Misguided Guidelines: A Critique of Federal Sentencing

Policy Analysis No. 458. November 1, 2002.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Hydraulic Pressures and Slight Deviations

Supreme Court Review. 2008-2009.

Overextending the Criminal Law

Policy Report. November/December 2003.