In the last two decades, criminal prosecution of environmental offenses has become an integral part of environmental protection in the United States. This three-credit course addresses practical and policy issues involved in criminal enforcement of environmental laws, including: (1) the evolution of environmental criminal law as a distinct body of law; (2) investigation and litigation of environmental offenses; (3) legal issues involved in environmental criminal prosecutions; (4) policy considerations related to criminal enforcement of environmental laws; (5) environmental justice considerations; and (6) trends in environmental law prosecutions.
Student assessment is based on class participation and preparation, writing assignments, and oral presentations. Credits earned from this course apply toward the Environmental and Natural Resources Certificate. This course provides students with an opportunity to fulfill their Advanced Writing Requirement.