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271.2 sec. 1 - Biodiversity Law (Fall 2013)Instructor: Eric Biber (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: MW 2:10-3:25
Meeting Location: 107
Course Start: August 21, 2013
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49660
This class provides an overview of the most important legal tools in the United States for the protection of biodiversity. The course begins with a short overview of the history of wildlife law in the United States. It then turns to a detailed examination of the most important statute for protecting biodiversity in the United States, the Endangered Species Act. The course wraps up with an overview of habitat protection statutes (particularly wetlands protection under the Clean Water Act), constitutional limits on biodiversity protection, and a glimpse at emerging issues such as control of invasive species and international environmental law. Though the class focuses on the legal structure for protecting biodiversity, it will also explore policy questions such as the role of science and politics in decisionmaking, the meaning and value of diversity, and assessments of the success or failure of the ESA. Students may fulfill the writing requirement through a paper option in the class.
Familiarity with basic US constitutional law and administrative law are helpful, but not necessary, for the class.
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Required Books are in blue
- Wildlife Law, Cases and Materials, 2d
Dale D. Goble, Eric T. Freyfogle,
Publisher: Foundation Press
Copyright Date: To Be Determined
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