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271.71 sec. 1 - International Environmental Law (Spring 2013)

Instructor: David D. Caron  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
Instructor: Neil A.F. Popovic  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: TuTh 8:35-9:50
Meeting Location: 111

Course Start: January 08, 2013
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49921


Aim of the Seminar: In this seminar, we explore the development and current state of international environmental law (“IEL”) and focus on the themes, concepts and strategies that both pose obstacles and offer directions for change. Our goal is to prepare students for cutting edge careers in the field and advanced writing in the subject.

The Text and Requirements: We will use as our text - International Environmental Law and World Order: A Problem Oriented Coursebook (West 3rd Edition, 2011) by Carlson, Palmer and Weston (with documentary supplement) and selected handouts. The coursebook utilizes primary and secondary materials in the setting of hypothetical problems to bring across the structure of particular regimes and themes within IEL.

Following several introductory weeks to the subject area, the seminar will work on approximately six to eight of the hypothetical problems. Each problem will be examined and discussed over two sessions (one week). Students are expected to participate in discussions and will have three different assignments (a treaty review exercise, a brief-like position piece, and a reflective essay) over three of the problems. We will work with students to attempt to match their interests to the particular problems chosen from the coursebook. The three assignments and seminar participation will form the basis for evaluation.

The Instructors

David D. Caron is a member of the faculty whose scholarship includes work on whaling, the Arctic, ozone depletion, climate change, sea level rise, transboundary pollution, disasters and international adjudication and the environment, As a young man in the Coast Guard, he was intimately involved with ocean environmental protection and, while a student at Boalt, served as editor of ELQ.

Neil A.F. Popovic is a partner with Sheppard Mullin in San Francisco where he chairs heir International Arbitration Group and earlier served as an attorney in the international program of the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund. He is a member of the Board of Directors of EarthRights International and has wide experience in sustainable development and the interplay of human rights, development and environmental protection.

Exam Notes: P+
Course Category: Environmental Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
International and Comparative Law

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  • Documentary Supplement to International Environmental Law and World Order: A Problem Oriented Coursebook
    Carlson, Palmer and Weston
    Edition: 2011
    Publisher: West
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined
  • International Environmental Law and World Order: A Problem Oriented Coursebook
    Carlson, Palmer and Weston
    Edition: 3rd Ed 2011
    Publisher: West
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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