This seminar will examine advanced environmental law topics at the forefront of current policy debates about how we balance the needs of environmental protection in an industrialized society. The seminar will include an in-depth consideration of the law and policy concerning global climate change. Other topics that may be addressed include the controversy surrounding mountaintop mining removal, the Gulf oil spill, and selected cross-cutting issues in environmental regulation and enforcement. Students can take the seminar for either 2 or 3 credits. Everyone in the class will participate in a group presentation, present an 8-10 page seminar paper, and complete a 4-5 page reaction paper. Those taking the seminar for 3 credits also must prepare a final paper regarding one of the issues covered during the semester or another advanced environmental law topic. Students must previously complete either Environmental Law or Environmental Law and Policy (or an equivalent environmental law survey course).
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