This seminar will examine the legal contexts and strategies used by communities to recover from physical destruction and economic disinvestment. Its central inquiry is to investigate the similarities and dissimilarities in the recovery efforts of communities devastated instantly in natural disasters, with those of communities whose devastation accreted over decades of disinvestment and decay. How does law structure available responses by government and private actors? How do local residents participate in and benefit from laws, advocacy, and the policies and actions of government and non-governmental organizations, to restore and revitalize essential services, social infrastructure, economic opportunity and participation. The seminar will use examples of Gulf Coast hurricane recovery and of more conventional community redevelopment efforts, primarily but not entirely in the U.S.
Understanding how different communities marshal resources of law, vision, land use, federal/state/local and private funding streams, political will, and the strengths and weaknesses of those different approaches -- will provide students with a window into lessons for advocates aiding the recovery strategies of either type kind of recovering community. The seminar will examine, in a comparative context, such issues as the statutory frameworks for disaster response and community redevelopment; social vulnerability in community recovery need and response; compensation and risk-spreading; law enforcement (with an emphasis on economic crimes: fraud, price-gouging); rebuilding/redevelopment; collective community strategies of economic participation and benefit. Students will prepare and present research comparing and contrasting two communitiesí responses to a particular issue.
A paper written for this seminar may be used to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement.
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Last offered Fall 2008.