Environmental law may be the one institution standing between us and planetary exhaustion. It is also an institution that needs to be reconciled with human liberty and economic aspirations. This course considers these issues and provides a tour though existing legal regimes governing pollution, water law, endangered species, toxic substances, environmental impact analyses, and environmental risk.
Common-Law Approaches to Environmental Problems
Property and the Environment
Two Famous Statutory Programs: Environmental Impact Analysis and Endangered-Species Protection
Risk Analysis and Toxic Substances: Pesticides, Trade Disputes over Synthetic Hormones, and the Cleanup of Contaminated Sites
Environmental Justice, Water Pollution, Claims to a Human Right to Drinking Water, Fracking, and Insights from an Economic Model of Regulatory Cost-Effectiveness
Pollution, Climate Change and Course Conclusion
(Optional) Research Exercise
Donald Hornstein Aubrey L. Brooks Professor of Law
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