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271.2 sec. 1 - Biodiversity Law (Fall 2014)

Instructor: Eric Biber  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: MTu 2:10-3:25
Meeting Location: 107

Course Start: August 25, 2014
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49787

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 climate change 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 will also gain experience with documents and work-product commonly produced in environmental law practice. Students may fulfill the writing requirement through a paper option in the class.

Exam Notes: TH/P
Course Category: Environmental Law

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  • Wildlife Law, Cases and Materials, 2d
    Dale D. Goble, Eric T. Freyfogle,
    Publisher: Foundation Press
    ISBN: 9781599416175
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $91.44
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.

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