F&ES 852 / 2018-2019
The Origins of Environmental Law: Legislative Processes That Worked
This unique course will focus on the legislative processes, the politics and the people that produced the seminal federal environmental laws of the 1970’s in the context of the social dynamics which deﬁned the era. Over the course of a decade, Congress enacted a series of precedential laws that established the direction, framework and character of federal environmental law; not to mention how these laws caused a sea change in the relationship between the Congress, the Executive Branch, the Judiciary and the states. he course will examine the critical issues faced in, among others, the Clean Air Act, The Clean Water Act, NEPA, and Oil and Hazardous Spill legislation. The course will address the question of why and how the legislative process worked then and why it doesn't work now.