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271.S sec. 1 - Environmental Law (Summer 2014)

Instructor: Eric Biber  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: MTuWThF 9:00-12:15
Meeting Location: 10

Course Start: June 26, 2014
Course End: July 08, 2014


This course provides an overview of the wide variety of U.S. environmental laws that protect the environment and natural resources. We will cover air and water pollution, energy, protection of biodiversity, review of the environmental impacts of governmental decisions, and climate change, among other topics. The focus of the class will be on exploring the wide range of regulatory and policy tools available in environmental law - for example, command-and-control regulation, tradeable emissions permits, and environmental reviews. We will also discuss issues relating to environmental justice, public participation in environmental decisionmaking, and the costs and benefits of environmental regulation. Because the US has historically been a pioneer in environmental law, learning about the US system will give students a deep understanding about the major issues and dilemmas in environmental law. Students who take the class should be able to take the lessons learned from the US context and apply those lessons to legal and policy problems in their home countries.

Instruction will be provided by Berkeley law environmental and energy law faculty. These faculty have a diverse range of expertise in the field of environmental and energy law.

Exam Notes: TH
Course Category: Environmental Law

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