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Summer 2011 - Climate Change Law & Policy

Benjamin, Antonio H
Gholz, Charles E

Course ID: S179M  Unique # 81250  Credit Hours: 1
Meeting DaysTimesLocation
   Monday 3:30 pm - 5:50 pm CCJ 3.306
   Tuesday 3:30 pm - 5:50 pm CCJ 3.306
   Wednesday 3:30 pm - 5:50 pm TNH 2.124
   Thursday 3:30 pm - 5:50 pm CCJ 3.306
   Friday 3:30 pm - 5:50 pm CCJ 3.306
Exam Type   Date   Time      Name Range   Room  
  Final Monday, August 8    8:30 am          A-Z
Registration Information
This course is restricted to upper division students only.

Monday, July 25 in CCJ 3.306
Tuesday, July 26 in CCJ 3.306
Wednesday, July 27 - TNH 2.124
Thursday, July 28 in CCJ 3.306
Friday, July 29 in CCJ 3.306

What the course is about.  This one-credit lecture course intends to be an introduction to the expanding area of Climate Change Law & Policy.

Objectives.  The main objective of the course is to give students basic knowledge of some of the most important issues in the world debate on climate change.  In addition, it will discuss the science behind climate change and the policy challenges that it presents.  Finally it will review the most recent legislative efforts and judicial litigation both in the U.S.  and in other countries.

The greatest benefits from the topics covered will be to students who plan to work for major law firms with international clients, multilateral organizations, multinational corporations and international NGOs.  The course will also provide those who intend to practice Climate Change Law & Policy in the United States a better understanding of the rationales for the international, national and state mechanisms adopted to face this major problem.

Methodology.  The course will use four types of learning tools:

a) Texts

b) video conference

c) short-presentations by students

d) Guest lectures

Reading materials.  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 or substituted from time to time.

Grading.  Grades will be determined primarily on the basis of a final in-room examination, but substantial weight will also be given to class participation (20%).

Prerequisites.  There are no prerequisites.  The students are not expected to have taken Environmental Policy, Environmental Law, International Law or Comparative Law.  However, previous knowledge in those areas would be useful.