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Comparative Environmental Law (LAW 715B)

The course examines how environmental law is structured and implemented in common law, civil law, socialist law, Islamic law and customary law traditions in both developed and developing nations.  The course evaluates how these different legal traditions implement the obligations accepted by States in multilateral environmental agreements, and also how regional economic integration measures among States (e.g., in the EU, ASEAN or the NAFTA Commission on Environmental Cooperation) influence the application of environmental law within a nation.  Each student applies the knowledge imparted in the course by independently studying and preparing a written restatement of the environmental law of a single nation, other than the USA.  Portions of the course are team-taught with the faculty and students at the National University of Singapore, by use of audio-video conferencing and the internet. The class is limited to 12 students.

2 credit hours.

Faculty: Nicholas A Robinson