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271.71 sec. 1 - International Environmental Law (Fall 2011)
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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Meeting Time: W 3:35-5:25
Meeting Location: 107
Course Start: August 24, 2011
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49828
This course is a seminar on the role of law in the management of international environmental issues. Students will benefit from but need not have taken courses in international law and/or environmental law. The course will include a brief overview of public international law as it relates to the environment. Throughout the course we will try to look at international environmental law "in context"--i.e., why (or whether) international environmental law matters in contemporary society.
Participants in the course will study a range of environmental issues, legal sources and institutions. The course will cover substantial ground but will not attempt to treat every important aspect of international environmental law. There is simply too much going on the field to cover all of it meaningfully in a one-semester, two-unit seminar.
We will explore multiple sources of international environmental law, including treaties, customary international law and case law. We will examine the protection of various environmental sectors (e.g., air, water), the regulation of environmentally harmful activities, and the relationship between international environmental law and other aspects of international law and policy. We will also consider the effectiveness of international environmental law as a means of influencing huiman conduct (individual, government and corporate) and protecting the environment. Students will examine substantive and procedural approaches to environmental protection.
Grades will be based on two written assignments to be handed out during the semester, and on classroom participation. The course is designed as a seminar. Students are expected to keep up with the assigned reading and to participate actively in class discussions. The written assignments count for 2/3 of the grade; class participation counts for 1/3. There will be a textbook, as well as supplemental reading materials to be provided by the instructor. Students should also read the news to identify current events that implicate international environmental law--which we will discuss at the beginning of each class.
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Required Books are in blue
- International Environmental Law and Policy
David Hunter, James Salzman, Durwood Zaelke,
Publisher: Foundation Pr
Copyright Date: To Be Determined
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