Environmental Law I & II


These courses introduce students to the core concepts of environmental law in the context of interdisciplinary policy making. Students examine responses and solutions to environmental problems that rely on legal and regulatory instruments, judicial decisions, and voluntary agreements, while exploring the interaction between environmental law and policy. They also take into account the nature of international, federal, state, and local relationships in developing and applying the law, as well as the role of technology and science, tensions between private and public interests, and environmental justice considerations. The courses transition from foundational concepts into more advanced specialized environmental subjects. Theory and practice are combined to address issues of contemporary importance. A main goal is to gain a sense of the various legal approaches to environmental problems.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Solid understanding of the legislative, administrative, and judicial system of environmental law today
  • Ability to navigate a complex regime of statutes, regulations, and agency practices addressing environmental issues
  • Comprehend the framework of the major U.S. federal environmental statutes and how policy makers encounter them in practice
  • Basic knowledge of key international agreements and their interaction with domestic legislation