LAW 591

Climate Change Law and Policy


Environmental Law

Global climate change has emerged as the most significant environmental, if not societal, issue of our era. This seminar will explore cutting-edge public policy, legal, and scientific challenges involved in assessing and reducing the causes of climate change, and adapting to projected impacts. The class will provide an opportunity to learn about climate law and policy (including materials on climate justice and equity) at the international, national, and subnational levels. The syllabus emphasizes U.S. law and policy with a key focus on California’s climate policy leadership.Grades will be based in part on participation and weekly reaction papers. In addition, students may choose to submit either a term paper that may be used to satisfy the Substantial Analytic Writing (SAW) requirement, or three shorter papers over the course of the semester.  Prior environmental law coursework or background will be helpful, but is not required.

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