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Environmental Law

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International Environmental Law and Policy (ENVR7609)

2 credits. Lecture.

The course is designed to provide students with practical knowledge that will assist them in serving clients in the increasingly global marketplace. It will emphasize subjects that will be relevant not just for those focusing on environmental law, but to a broad cross-section of legal practices, including litigation, business law, securities law and trade law. In addition to general theory and policy, the course will cover: global climate change, including an analysis of the evolving international greenhouse gas regulatory regimes as well as the anticipated legislation to be enacted by the incoming administration for the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions -- regimes and legislation that are expected to affect a broad cross-section of the global economy and will impact areas of legal practice; the making of international environmental law, including treaties and customary international law principles; the global reach of US environmental laws; international trade and the environment; the role of multinational corporations in the formulation of environmental law and policy at the international level , as well as international corporate environmental standards by multinational corporations; the imposition of global environmental standards on international projects by multinational lenders (e.g. the World Bank and the IFC) and, increasingly, private lenders.

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Environmental Law (ENVR7601)

3 credits. Lecture.

This course provides a survey of the major federal laws pertaining to protection of all environmental media, including land, air, surface water and groundwater.  It covers the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act ("Superfund") and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (the two "solid waste" programs), the Clean Air Act, and Clean Water Act, including wetlands protection.  The course also covers related government enforcement authorities, environmental auditing, and environmental justice issues.

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Animal Law (PUBR9180)

3 credits. Seminar.

This seminar explores a series of topics within the general subject of "animal law".  It examines the extent to which legal systems, litigation, and cultural values impact the ways in which judges, lawyers, legislators, administrators, and laypersons view and treat animals (other than humans).  It not only covers substantive law, but also the background of claims made explicitly or implicitly in law and decisions affecting nonhuman animals.

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Environmental Justice: Theory and Practice (ENVR7605)

3 credits. Lecture.

Environmental justice is a social movement founded in the synthesis of environmental and civil rights law and policy. This course will introduce students tot the concept of environmental justice, and will allow them to engage in an analysis of theories of causation, competing claims of evidence concerning the degree of environmental disparity based upon race and class, and theories of risk assessment.  the course will also provide grounding in the practice of environmental and land use law, including facility permitting, mechanisms to address contaminated properties, and litigation responses to claims of justice

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Energy, Economics and the Environment (ENVR7603)

2 credits. Lecture.

This course explores the legal and economic basis for the regulation of the energy markets. It will provide a brief overview of the history of the regulation of electricity, gas, nuclear, oil, coal and renewable energy (wind, solar, biomass, etc.) generation, transmission and energy distribution issues. The course will describe the role of the Federal Energy Commission, Regional Transmission Organizations, Nuclear Regulatory Commission and state public utility commissions and their statutory authorities. The course will provide an overview of the method of reimbursing utilities through rates. The materials will explore the policy issues associated with deregulation and its impact on energy prices. The course will include new state and federal policy tools to control CO2 emissions produced by energy generators and explore the legal issues associated with trading CO2 allowances. The class will review recent case law on the EPA Sox and Nox trading program. The course will cover three recent Supreme Court decisions involving energy (natural gas facility location, energy contract rights and EPA compliance with the clean air act. The course will review case law and administrative decisions of FERC and Commodities Futures Trading Commission regarding the impact that the over the counter derivative market has had on the price of natural gas because of the activities of hedge funds like Amaranth. The course will review market power and market manipulation in the Energy markets and the steps regulators have taken to prevent abuse of power including merger and acquisition review and conditions. The course will cover the latest developments in energy law and policy such as the impact the Japanese earthquake tsunami will have on the nuclear industry and th future of nuclear energy in the United States. Students will have the opportunity to tour an energy facility, and to submit research to the National Regulatory Research Institute.

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Current Issues in Energy and Environmental Law (ENVR9602)

3 credits. Seminar.

This seminar provides an opportunity to learn about the most pressing issues in energy and environmental law policy in the United States. The seminar will cover issues associated with access to and production of energy resources; security, reliability, and diversity of energy supply; energy technology innovation and deployment; and the environmental regulatory issues associated with energy efficiency and resource conservation. The seminar will also consider questions of trade, subsidies, and tax policy.

Students will have the opportunity to hear from a range of outside experts in environmental and energy law and policy from private practice, government, and public interest organizations. The seminar will be taught from the perspective of a practitioner actively involved in energy and environmental policy debates. The aim is to give students perspective on the future of energy in the United States from a decidedly practical perspective. Students will be expected to complete a research paper addressing a particular topic and to present their findings to the class in a panel format at the end of the seminar.

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Current Issues in Energy and Environmental Law (ENVR7610)

2 credits. Lecture.

This course provides an opportunity to learn about the most pressing issues in energy and environmental law policy in the United States. The course will begin with a general overview of environmental law and policy and then focus on issues associated with access to and production of energy resources; security, reliability, and diversity of energy supply; energy technology innovation and deployment; and the environmental regulatory issues associated with energy efficiency and resource conservation.  

 

Students will have the opportunity to hear from a range of outside experts in environmental and energy law and policy from private practice, government, and public interest organizations. The course will be taught from the perspective of a practitioner actively involved in energy and environmental policy debates. The aim is to give students perspective on the future of energy in the United States from a decidedly practical perspective.

 

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New Jersey Environmental Law (ENVR8603)

2 credits. Lecture.

Recommended: Environmental Law or Hazardous Waste.

This course studies common law and statutory law in New Jersey regarding environmental protection. Special emphasis is given to water and air pollution, solid waste, noise and toxic substances. Problems of administrative and intergovernmental relations are discussed and preventive as well as remedial aspects are considered.

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