LAS 381 • COMPARATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
The course intends to give the student basic knowledge on some of the most important environmental issues of the world, enabling her to analyze and understand the different forms of environmental regulation and legal solutions adopted in various countries and legal systems. The purpose of the course is not to train the student on international environmental law or on national environmental law from specific countries, but rather to provide the means to identify the major environmental problems in any jurisdiction and come up with reasonable solutions which could be applied worldwide. Students who plan to work for multilateral organizations, multinational corporations, international NGOs and major law firms with international clients will benefit the most from the topics covered. The course will also provide those who intend to practice Environmental Law and Policy in the United States a better understanding of the rationales for the national solutions and mechanisms adopted to face environmental problems. The course is a short course and is divided into five (not necessarily equal) parts: (1) foundations of Environmental Law and Policy, (2) constitutional basis for environmental protection, (3) property rights and the environment, (4) legal dimension of sustainable development, and (5) environmental regulation and enforcement.
There is no single book that covers the subject matter in full detail. The course will use reading materials from different authors, most of them Americans. The texts written by foreign authors will be in English. If necessary, readings listed will be supplemented from time to time. Long distance conference calls. During the course there will be one or two long-distance conference-call discussions among the students and the author of one of the articles or chapters of books assigned. In the previous years scholars from the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Austria, Italy and Germany joined the discussions.