LAW 2074: Environmental Law

This course surveys federal environmental law and serves as a useful introduction both to environmental law’s particular complexities as well as to the skills necessary in mastering any complex area of regulation. The first part of the course considers the character of environmental disputes, the problems inherent in fashioning legal rules for their resolution, and the history of the emergence of modern environmental law in the United States. The second part of the course reviews several specific federal environmental statutes. The statutory review combines a close examination of several statutes – including the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act – with a more general review of the basis operation of other laws, such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. All the statutes serve as illustrations of different regulatory approaches to environmental problems: "command and control," information disclosure, and market-based instruments. The class includes more extended consideration climate change law, and class discussion frequently extends beyond court rulings to include the underlying litigation strategies of the parties that led to those rulings.









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Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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