Environmental Justice Law


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 on the basis of two short papers, a final exam, and class participation. There is no prerequisite for this course. GRADING NOTICE: This course offers the CR/NC/H option with the permission of the instructor only. OFFERING PATTERN: This class is not offered every year. Students are advised to take this into account when planning their long-term schedule.