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Winter 2012 Class Descriptions

As of 8/30/2016 5:43:01 AM

Int'l Environment Law & Policy

International Environmental Law and Policy



This course examines how society manages --and sometimes fails to manage--environmental issues that fall beyond the authority or capability of a single national government.



During the semester students will:



*Become be familiar with the legal, policy and philosophical issues relating to international juridical norms whose purpose is to protect the environment or regulate activities impacting on the environment

*Understand the implications that international environmental norms raise for concepts that underpin the international state system (i.e. state sovereignty and domestic jurisdiction)

*Have a thorough knowledge of basic international legal norms governing the environment

*Understand the limits and utility of the existing norms relating to the global environment

*Appreciate the interaction and tension between various international actors and institutions in the development and implementation of international environmental norms

*Be able to apply principles of international environmental law to a wide array of contemporary international environmental problems



Topics covered in the course will include:



*The nature of international environmental issues: context and concepts

*Theoretical perspectives and approaches to international environmental problem solving

*International environmental lawmaking and general principles

*Compliance and dispute resolution

*Norms of international invironmental protection, including regulatory mechanisms for: climate change; biological diversity and biosafety; the marine environment (living resources and pollution); the polar regions; and hazardous substances and transboundary movement

*The relationship between international environmental law and other legal regimes

3.00 hours