Environmental Justice Law

LAW JD 722

Environmental Justice can be defined as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws and policies. Over the last two decades efforts to secure environmental justice have become important features of environmental policy and activism. This course will explore why environmental justice concerns have arisen, and what legal mechanisms may be used to address them. We will identify current situations where claims of environmental injustice might be made, and examine how existing legal tools, including the 1964 Civil Rights Act and federal environmental statutes, might be applied to deal with them. The final grade will be determined by grades received on two short papers (each maximum 1,200 words; each 25% of the final grade); a final take-home exam (maximum 1,200 words; 40%); and class participation (10%), based on the quality, not quantity, of the contributions made. OFFERING PATTERN: This class not offered every year. Students are advised to take this into account when planning their long-term schedule.

FALL 2014 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
A1 Hill LAW 209 W 2:10 pm-4:10 pm Stamped Approval

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