International Environmental Law

Elective Course
Course Number: LAW 539
Credits: 3

This seminar course introduces students to the foundational concepts of international law before embarking on a deeper exploration of how that law shapes and responds to environmental issues such as human and indigenous rights, the rights of nature, water and air quality, biodiversity, protected areas, and climate change. Students will also engage in comparative analyses of approaches taken by individual nation states and sovereigns. This course helps students place our national laws in context, learn from other legal systems, and discern the role that the U.S. plays on the global stage. Emphasis is placed on applying substantive knowledge to emerging environmental problems through robust classroom discourse and a final paper.