Climate Change Law and Policy (S)

LAWJD796

Climate change is the most important environmental issue of this century. It has generated major law and policy over the last several years, both in the United States and internationally, and presents significant legal and policy issues that remain unresolved. This seminar will examine the legal tools currently available to address climate change and possibilities for future action, as well as related policy challenges. The seminar first will consider the international context and review the history of climate change efforts on a global scale, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol, and the 2015 Paris Agreement. It will then focus on currently available U.S. authorities, including the Clean Air Act and executive branch powers. Because there is no statute that addresses climate change head-on, the seminar will consider the challenges presented when a major policy concern is advanced in the absence of a firm statutory foundation. Climate change also raises important issues of human rights, environmental justice, and international and intergenerational equity, which will be examined. Finally, the seminar will look to the future and pose questions concerning expectations for international cooperation, possible additional tools in current U.S. law, prospects for climate change legislation, and voluntary and market-based opportunities. There are no prerequisites. The grade will be based on class participation and papers. NOTE: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper Class Writing Requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.
Fall 2016: LAW JD 796 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
SectionInstructorCreditsDaysTimeBuilding
A1Pamela A. Hill3Wed4:20 pm - 6:20 pm