International Environmental Law
This course examines the legal, scientific, political, economic, and organizational issues associated with the creation of international environmental regimes. The principal emphasis will be on the issue of climate change, with a focus on the current regime(s) and the post-Kyoto negotiations, now underway. The course will also address the Montreal Protocol for Ozone Depleting Substances, the International Convention for Regulation of Whaling, and the U.N. Convention on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks. The course examines the choice of treaty instrument, as well as the implementation and evolution of environmental regimes. The course also looks closely at the structure and performance of environmental markets as solutions to global commons problems. Finally, close attention is paid to equity and development issues that are critical in bridging north-south divides on international environmental issues. Substantial student participation is expected and class participation will constitute twenty percent (20%) of the overall grade for the course. Elements used in grading: Class participation and final paper.