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Environmental Law (Spring 2019)
- Course Number: LAW-655
- Class Number: 03318
- Instructor: James Arnone
Co-Taught with Professor Michael Romey
From Spring 2018
This course provides an introduction to environmental law, focusing on public policy and day-to-day practice. It covers a combination of regulatory and private law, with a special emphasis on disputes and regulations involving contamination in soil, water and air.
The class will analyze a number of federal and state statutes and regulations dictating how hazardous materials should be handled, treated, disposed of, and remedied when pollution occurs. The class will cover the “Superfund” law, hazardous waste laws, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, federal and state statutes regarding environmental impacts of government decision making, the common law of nuisance and trespass, the Endangered Species Act, laws governing public warnings of potential health risks, principles of environmental justice, global climate change, criminal enforcement of environmental laws, and international environmental law. The class will also cover the history and policy underpinnings of environmental regulations and restrictions and will focus on the frequent conflicts between competing public policy goals.
Unit Value: 2
Grading Option: CR/D/F grading is available
Exam: Choice of a three-hour, take-home exam or a 20-page paper based on a pre-approved topic
Graduation Writing Requirement: Yes, if students write a 40-page paper, submit a rough draft to the instructors, and complete the Upper Division Writing Requirement Form
Graduation Skills Requirement: No
Participation: Up to .3 points will be awarded
- Unit Value: 2
- Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
- Schedule: Th 8:00 am - 9:50 am
- Room Number: Room 103
- Exam: In-class exam
- Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: No
- Participation: Points will be awarded
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