International Environmental Law

Elective Course
Course Number: LAW 539
Credits: 3

This course provides students a foundational knowledge in international environmental law, complementing the federal and state-focused courses in the Natural Resources & Environmental Law Program. Issues such as water degradation, climate change, wildlife habitat, energy development, and indigenous rights are being addressed at a global level that transcends state and national legal systems. Competency in international law gives students an advantage in international business transactions, in advising nonprofit clients working on transnational questions, and in working within the government sector on multilateral lawmaking and negotiation. This course will examine international institutions and governance, along with the study of primary international treaties, norms, and commitments among nation states. This course will also incorporate some comparative law approaches, exploring how individual nation states may differ in their approaches to regulating environmental issues. Environmental focus areas will include transboundary waters, ecosystem biodiversity, global trade, food and agriculture, disaster response, and environmental justice. Assessment is through substantive quizzes and a seminar-style paper that can fulfill the Advanced Writing Requirement.