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271.1 sec. 1 - Comparative Environmental Enforcement and Compliance (Spring 2012)

Instructor: Alex Wang  (view instructor's profile)
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: W 6:25-8:15
Meeting Location: 134

Course Start: January 11, 2012
Course Control Number (1Ls): 51214 (section 2)
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 51212


Every country faces a gap to some degree between laws on-the-books and actual implementation on-the-ground. This seminar will present a theoretical framework for evaluating differential levels of environmental enforcement and compliance in a variety of settings. Special attention will be given to the particular issues faced in both developed and developing country contexts. The seminar will examine successful and not-so-successful environmental regulatory approaches and experiments in a range of countries including the U.S., countries of the European Union, China, India, Brazil, and Indonesia.

This seminar will be of interest to students planning to work in international organizations or organizations that regularly confront environmental law and policy issues outside of the U.S. It will also be of interest to students seeking to understand how U.S. approaches to environmental regulation differ from approaches in other parts of the world.

The professor for this seminar previously worked in China for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a U.S.-headquartered environmental organization, advising the Chinese government on environmental law and governance reforms and implementing capacity-building programs for lawyers, judges, government officials, and civil society organizations. He has participated in a number of climate change-related meetings, including the sessions in Bali, Copenhagen, and Tianjin. He has also worked on environmental litigation and advocacy in the United States, including Endangered Species Act litigation in the Florida Everglades and representation of the Town of Woodstock in an environmental matter.

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Course Category: Environmental Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
International and Comparative Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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