Environmental Law

This course examines the rapidly growing body of law concerned with relationships between human activities and the larger environment. It addresses the ethical, economic and scientific bases for environmental protection; the choice and design of policy instruments; the roles of different branches and levels of government, and of non-governmental actors; and the skills of regulatory and statutory construction. These topics are analyzed in the contexts of legal regimes for air, water, hazardous waste, resource use, and biodiversity and ecosystems. The focus is on the U.S. legal system, with some illustrations from foreign and international applications.

Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.

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