Section Description Provided by Instructor
This seminar examines cutting-edge U.S. and international issues in the regulation of climate change. The topics vary from year to year, but they are likely to include litigation and other legal methods to resist cutbacks in federal climate change regulations, and to encourage state-level regulation; legal techniques to restrict land uses in areas that are especially vulnerable to climate impacts; displacement and relocation of populations as a result of climate change; the legal status of small island nations whose existence is threatened by climate change; new developments in carbon markets; the prospect for alternative approaches to reaching international agreements on climate change; novel forms of electricity regulation that reduce greenhouse gases; and options available for domestic climate regulation in the absence of Congressional action. Each student will be required to prepare and present a research paper.
T 4:20-6:10 pm
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit
Minor (automatic), Major (only upon consultation)
LLM Writing Project
Climate Change Law or Environmental Law
Learning Outcome Goals
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in judicial, legislative and/or administrative processes
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in statutory and regulatory analysis, including close reading of statutes and regulations, and application to facts
- At the end of the course, students will have a grasp of some the cutting edge issues in climate change law, policy and regulation, and an understanding of the issues involved in the debates over these issues.
- Development of skills is making oral presentations and in constructively critiquing others' presentations
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in use of other disciplines in the analysis of legal problems and institutions, e.g., economics and the physical and social sciences