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271.71 sec. 1 - International Environmental Law: Responding to Climate Change and Other Global Issues (Spring 2014)

Instructor: Daniel A. Farber  (view instructor's profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: MTu 11:20-12:35
Meeting Location: 145

Course Start: January 06, 2014
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49838

This course replaces two seminars that were offered in the past, one on international environmental law and one on climate change law. The course focuses 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. International environmental law is a work in progress, with some significant achievements but also many gaps in effectiveness. The topic of climate change will be given particular emphasis. Throughout the course, the emphasis will be on understanding how domestic and international legal systems can address global problems. Thus, the discussion will include not only international treaties, tribunals, and institutions, but also methods of regulation that are not part of the formal corpus of public international law. This is particularly important in the area of climate change, where much of the "action" is taking place at the national and sub-national problem. The grade will be based on a take-home exam.

There are no prerequisites. Students may find the course easier if they have had some exposure either to international law or domestic environmental regulation.

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

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  • International environmental law and policy
    Edith Brown Weiss... [et al.]
    Edition: 2ND, 2006
    Publisher: Aspen Publishers
    ISBN: 9780735526389
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $183.00
    Price Source: user provided

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