International Environmental Law

Credit Hours: 2
Semesters Taught (subject to change): Summer

This is an introductory course on the theory and practice of international environmental law including bilateral and multilateral agreements and nonbinding instruments. It will touch, generally, on the sources of law: customary international law, general principles of law, decisions and actions of international organizations, and instruments negotiated by governments or developed transnationally in the private sector. Substantive areas explored in this class include transboundary pollution and disasters, ozone depletion, climate change, water allocation, biological diversity and endangered species, and environment and trade. The relationship between international environmental law and national sovereignty will also be discussed throughout the course.