Environmental Ocean and Coastal Law

Law 262



Rigorous Writing Experience (RWE)



Over the next decade, North Carolina and other states will confront a number of ocean and coastal legal and policy challenges. Among these are issues related to the siting of oil, gas, and renewable energy facilities in coastal or ocean waters, the privatization of public waters, the impacts of subsidence and rising sea levels upon ocean beaches and estuarine shorelines, beach nourishment and shoreline protection, water availability, and the need for adaptation strategies to protect public infrastructure. An understanding of the law is essential for the effective integration of science, management, and policy. Such integration is important to promote public health and safety, as well as to protect the environment. How can our existing legal and regulatory regimes help coastal and Great Lakes states, local governments, and property owners meet these challenges? Are new laws needed? To what extent can we adapt existing laws? We will examine these and other emerging issues and their related state and federal legal regimes and discuss the role the law plays in developing solutions. Occasional guest speakers will provide additional context of how policy is developed and implemented. Class meetings will include a mix of discussion of legal doctrine and problem solving of real-world and hypothetical situations.

Open to second- and third-year students. No prerequisites.

T. Roessler

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