F&ES 824a/Law 20348 / 2017-2018

Environmental Law and Policy (Course begins August 28 - Law school Calendar)

Credits: 3
Fall 2017: M,T, 4:10-5:40, SLB - 129


This course follows the Law school calendar and begins August 28

This course is an introductory survey of environmental common law and the major federal environmental statutes, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and hazardous waste and toxic substance laws. It explores foundational issues of statutory and regulatory analysis, ethics, politics, and economics in these various legal contexts. The course also considers various themes of environmental problems, including scientific uncertainty, risk, and risk perception. Given the breadth of the environmental law field, the course focuses on analyzing regulatory structure (i.e., the variety of existing and potential regulatory mechanisms for protecting and regulating usage of the environment) rather than either a superficial overview of every possible environmental topic or comprehensive analysis of only a few environmental statutes. The course also integrates a skills component that explores issues in statutory interpretation, legal ethics, federalism, and standing through several hypothetical problems as practiced from the perspective of environmental groups, government agencies, and regulated entity clients. Scheduled examination.