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271.71 sec. 001 - International Environmental Law (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Neil A F Popovic  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


W 08:00 AM - 09:50 AM
Location: Law 115
From January 11, 2023
To April 19, 2023

Course Start: January 11, 2023
Course End: April 19, 2023
Class Number: 32318

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 23
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 30
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

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 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 too much happening in the field to cover it all meaningfully in a one-semester, two-unit seminar.

We will explore a range of sources of international environmental law, including treaties, customary international law and case law. We will examine the protection of various environmental sectors, the regulation of environmentally harmful activities, climate change, and the relationship between international environmental law and other aspects of international law and policy. We will also take a step back to ponder the effectiveness of international environmental law as a means of influencing human 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 classroom participation. The written assignments count for 2/3 of the grade; class participation counts for 1/3. Written assignments will be handed out in class, and generally will be due two weeks later.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Environmental and Energy Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
International and Comparative Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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  • International Environmental Law and Policy
    David Hunter, James Salzman, Durwood Zaelke
    Edition: 6th ed., 2022
    Publisher: West Academic
    ISBN: 9781640208780
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Price: $265.00
    Price Source: user provided

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