Environmental Law Seminar: Global Fisheries Law

This course examines fisheries law at the international level. Global fisheries law is a complex process involving international treaties and lawmaking at the national and local levels. Further complicating this process in the U.S. is the relationships between international, federal, and state policies. Add in opposing stakeholders, environmental factors, and the vast numbers of fisheries and the system begins to resemble a congested highway interchange.

The main focus of the course will be an in-depth discussion and examination of three major international fisheries-related treaties. These treaties/conventions will be compared to national and state programs regarding tuna, sharks and whales.

The course begins by looking at how fisheries are managed at the state level. Maryland administrative law and legislative process will be discussed in an effort to understand the policy decisions behind state fisheries management. After examining state fisheries law and processes, interstate commissions and federal law will be explored.

The course concludes with an overview of an emerging fisheries legal issue and how other countries are handling that matter. This course section will evaluate whether these solutions would work in the U.S. and/or Maryland.

Students will gain a thorough understanding of: (1) Maryland administrative law and legislative process, (2) Interstate Agencies and federal councils under the Magnuson-Steven’s Act, (3) International fisheries treaties, and (4) policy decisions that guide fisheries management at the state, federal and international levels. Students who complete this course should be able to critique policy decisions, analyze regulations and statutory law and understand how different levels of government work together to create fisheries law.

This course is not currently scheduled.

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course