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Courses

Advanced Courses and Seminars

Advanced Negotiation
This course takes students beyond the two-party lawyer-client dealings that are the focus of Stanford's basic negotiation classes to learn effective negotiation of complex, multiparty disputes, including environmental disputes.

Animal Law
This course provides a survey of the law's understanding and treatment of animals by looking at the development of federal and state policies on wild, domestic, and companion animals. Specific topics include the history of animal law, the concept of animals as property, the application of tort and remedies law to injuries by and to pets, protection of animals by cruelty and other laws, as well as constitutional issues raised in cases involving animals.

Climate Change
This course analyzes the legal structure of the Climate Change Convention as it has evolved through the Framework Convention, the Berlin Mandate, the Kyoto Protocol, and the 4th Conference of the Parties.

Environmental Law and Policy Workshop
Students in this seminar examine and critique current research and policy in the field, engage in their own research and writing, and discuss current topics with visiting practitioners, policy makers, and academics.

Environmental Ethics
Concentrating on how and why lawyers make decisions with ethical dimensions, this course explores the nature and content of the dominant value systems present in government, private practice firms, and advocacy public interest groups.

Environmental Justice: A Multidisciplinary Introduction
This course begins with a brief overview of the environmental problems faced by low-income communities and communities of color, as well as the structural and societal factors contributing to those problems. The course then uses case studies to illustrate the scientific, technical, economic, political, and legal issues in environmental justice.

Legal Aspects of Biodiversity
This seminar explores one of the strongest tensions in contemporary environmental law: the need to conserve biodiversity, on the one hand, and private property rights on the other. The seminar presents the concepts of biodiversity and the scientific and economic arguments for conserving it, then reviews existing regulatory structures and explores a variety of realistic alternatives.

Markets, the Law, and the Environment
This course examines the interface between economics and law in the use of market approaches to environmental problems. After an introduction to "free market environmentalism," the course concentrates on public and private approaches to land, wildlife, and water management, with an emphasis on the practical applications of contract and property law.

Pesticide Regulation
This seminar provides quasi-clinical experience in the multidisciplinary analysis and resolution of environmental problems related to pesticide use and regulation.

Ocean Policy
This course examines the resources of the oceans and the efforts to regulate their use through laws and treaties, including the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act, and the Endangered Species Act. The course also covers international fishery problems and the attempts to regulate the take of highly migratory species, such as tuna and whales, by international treaty.

Science & Legal Decisions
This seminar explores mechanisms for making the scientific determinations that affect legal actions. The course uses a series of case studies involving various decision makers, such as the court and jury in the bendectin and breast implant litigation, administrative agencies such as the FDA and its evaluations of drugs, Congress and its response to acid rain, and international organizations such as the WTO and its response to "mad cow disease."

Toxic Harms: Tort & Alternative Control Strategies
The central question of this course is whether tort law effectively compensates victims of toxic exposure and controls the distribution and/or emission of toxic substances.

Law and Science of California Coastal Policy
This interdisciplinary course integrates the legal, science, and policy dimensions of characterizing and managing our coastal resources in California. The course focuses on the land-sea interface and explores contemporary coastal land use and marine resource decision-making.

Natural Resources Law and Policy
Using case studies and primary policy materials, this course looks at how our society regulates the use of natural resources, including public ownership and preservation of natural resources through other federal and state public lands. The course also examines major federal environmental statutes designed to protect natural resources, including the Endangered Species Act.

Water Law and Policy
This course examines how the law allocates water among competing consumptive and in-stream uses (including recreational use and preservation) and protects water quality under state and federal law. Because water is regulated differently than land and other natural resources, water law provides an opportunity to reexamine and critique many commonly held assumptions about property, such as the asserted advantages of exclusive property rights.