LAWS 4475 Climate Law and Policy (Spring: 3 )
Climate change is the defining environmental issue of the 21st century, and one of the most profound social and economic challenges facing the planet. Course will be an up-to-the-minute, interdisciplinary treatment of this cross-cutting subject matter. Course will examine how existing federal laws such as the Clean Air Act and the Nat'l Environmental Policy Act may be used to address climate change, and how new more comprehensive laws may be fashioned. Internat'l dimensions of the problem, including the results of the ongoing post-Kyoto Protocol negotiations, will be emphasized. Course will address domestic legal and policy challenges in detail, including energy policy, transportation, and state and local measures. Course will analyze a variety of legal responses, such as litigation, including potential tort remedies, private voluntary initiatives, corp. responsibility, risk disclosure, and the role of socially responsible investing. Prior familiarity with environmental law not req'd.
Instructor(s): David Wirth
Last Updated: 24-Jun-17