Environmental Law

Law 241






This introductory course will focus on the variety of legal mechanisms we use in the United States to address environmental harms such as air and water pollution, toxic substances, habitat destruction, and climate change. We focus predominantly on federal law, although its interplay with state law and the theme of federalism come up frequently. The course is organized into six units: an introductory unit on the theory and tools of environmental regulation; topic-specific segments on the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. Students will come to understand the theoretical justifications and economic theory of environmental law; learn tools to decipher and interpret the complex language and structure of environmental law statutes; appreciate the policy mechanisms available to address environmental problems and the justifications for choosing among them; and develop a broad understanding of the distributive consequences of environmental law, its political economy, and the value choices it implicates.

Administrative Law either as pre- or co-requisite

Administrative Law either as pre- or co-requisite

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