Erik Luna is a law professor at Arizona State 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. Luna has served as the senior Fulbright Scholar to New Zealand, where he taught at Victoria University Law School (Wellington, NZ) and conducted research on sentencing alternatives. He has also been a visiting scholar with the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law (Freiburg, DE), a visiting professor with the Cuban Society of Penal Sciences (Havana, CU), a visiting professional in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (The Hague, NL), and a research fellow with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Bonn, DE). Prior to coming to ASU, Luna was the Sydney and Frances Lewis Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University, and before that, he was the Hugh B. Brown Professor of Law at the University of Utah. 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


Mercy in the Age of Mandatory Minimums

U.S. News & World Report (Online). August 5, 2016.

States Shouldn’t Shirk Responsibility to Indigent Defendants

National Law Journal. March 29, 2010.

A Criminal Red Herring in Corporate Reform January 21, 2005.

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.