Globalization is having profound effects on the development of law and legal systems throughout the world. These effects are particularly pronounced in the environmental law field. Countries are borrowing law and regulatory innovations from one another at an unprecedented rate. Nations increasingly are coordinating regulatory policies with each other and nongovernmental organizations are playing creative new roles in influencing both corporate and consumer behavior. These developments are blurring traditional distinctions between domestic and international law and public and private law. The result has been the emergence of what has been described as “global environmental law,” the focus of this seminar.
The seminar explores how legal systems throughout the world are responding to environmental problems and the legal and political factors that explain similarities and differences in their regulatory policy responses. The seminar compares the different roles played by government agencies, the judiciary, and citizen groups in the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental law. The seminar features guest speakers discussing their work to combat global environmental problems and a small group role-playing exercise. In 2010 students in the seminar drafted the moot court problem used for the National Moot Court Competition of the Kingdom of Jordan. In 2013 students in the seminar participated in an optional spring break environmental field trip to Israel.
Each student will prepare a research paper on a topic selected in consultation with the professor. Students will have an opportunity to post the results of their research on a global environmental law blog. Those who prepare particularly outstanding papers will be able to submit them for consideration at an international conference. In 2013 five students from the seminar presented their papers at an international environmental conference in New Zealand. Student research papers may be used to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement. This seminar is open to 1Ls as a first year elective and its credits count toward qualification for the Certificate of Concentration in Environmental Law.
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Spring, 2014 (Day).
6 openings. (Limit 34).