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Course Number Course Title Course Credits Degree Requirements Semesters Taught Methods of Evaluation

320

Water Resources Law 2
  • JD - Substantial Research and Writing Project requirement (SRWP)
  • JD - general credits
  • International LLM/Exchange/SJD - general credits
  • International LLM, Environmental Law Certificate
  • Public Interest Certificate: General Elective
  1. Spring 17
  2. Spring 18
  3. Spring 19
  • Final research paper (25+ pages in length)

This survey course studies the legal and policy issues governing water resource allocation in the United States. Students will be introduced to both the Prior Appropriation systems of the western United States and the Reasonable Use systems dominating the eastern states. We will study the law applied to groundwater use as well as issues of federalism. Examples from disputes around ACF basin and the Colorado River will be contrasted. We will examine the issues from the perspective of different user groups.

 

368

Natural Resources Law and Policy 2
  • JD - Substantial Research and Writing Project requirement (SRWP)
  • JD - general credits
  • International LLM/Exchange/SJD - general credits
  • International LLM, Environmental Law Certificate
  • Public Interest Certificate: General Elective
  1. Spring 17
  • Final Exam, option
  • Final research paper (25+ pages in length), option

The law of how we use nature - timber, mining, bioversity, fisheries, water rights, and agriculture. Also an introduction to the historical and constitutional geography of American public lands: the national parks, forests, wilderness system, and grazing lands, and disputes over federal versus local control of these. There is special attention to the historical and political origins of our competing ideas of how nature matters and what we should do with it, from economically productive use to outdoor recreation to preserving the natural world for its own sake. Attention also to the complicated interplay of science and law.

555

International Environmental Law 3
  • JD - Substantial Research and Writing Project requirement (SRWP)
  • JD - general credits
  • LLM-ICL - general credits
  • International LLM/Exchange/SJD - general credits
  • International LLM, Environmental Law Certificate
  • Public Interest Certificate: General Elective
    • Final research paper (25+ pages in length)
    • Class participation

    This course provides a general introduction to international environmental law and policy. We will begin by exploring the economic, political, and legal concepts relevant to international environmental treaty regimes. We will then apply these concepts to concrete regimes designed to deal with specific international environmental problems, such as transboundary air pollution, atmospheric pollution, marine pollution, fisheries depletion, and biodiversity and habitat loss. The course focuses principally on the dynamic of treaties, negotiations, and state and non-state actors on the international plane, and much less on domestic legislation.

    Grades will be awarded on the basis of class participation and a final paper. 

    579

    Mass Torts 2
    • JD - general credits
    • JD – Substantial Research and Writing Project requirement (SRWP), add-on credit
    • JD - Substantial Research and Writing Project requirement (SRWP)
    • International LLM/Exchange/SJD - general credits
    • International LLM, Environmental Law Certificate
      • Reflection Papers
      • Final paper (10+ pages in length)
      • In-class exercise
      • Class participation

      This seminar will invite participants to take an in-depth look at the combination of issues raised by complex mass tort lawsuits: issues of substantive tort law, civil procedure, litigation strategy, lawyer-client relationships, the economics of settlement, ethics, the judicial role, and societal impacts.

      The course will explore a selection of celebrated mass tort lawsuits, such as those involving the Buffalo Creek disaster, the Woburn leukemia case, Agent Orange, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the concussion/brain injury cases against the NFL and other sports, cigarette smoking, the Dalkon Shield, Bendectin, MTBE, and asbestos.

      The course will employ a "case method" -- not the typical study of appellate decisions on particular issues but a "full" case method that examines entire cases, from dispute to filing to trial to appeals and beyond. The readings are mainly books about the cases-- historical accounts that put the litigation in context. These books include Gerald Stern, The Buffalo Creek Disaster; Jonathan Harr, A Civil Action; Peter Schuck, Agent Orange on Trial; David Lebedoff, Cleaning Up; Ken Feinberg, Who Gets What; and Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, League of Denial. Judicial opinions and scholarly commentary will be assigned as supplementary readings. Readings will therefore be more extensive but less dense than typical law school courses.

      Note: Students may enroll in an additional credit in order to expand the required 15 page paper into 30 pages with the aim of using the paper to satisfy the JD Writing Requirement. Students wishing to take this option should enroll in Law 579W Mass Torts Writing Credit. *LAW 579W MUST be added no later than 7th week of class.*

      579W

      Mass Torts Writing Credit 1
      • JD - Substantial Research and Writing Project requirement (SRWP)
      • JD - general credits
        • Add on credit

        While enrolled in Law 579 Mass Torts, students have the option to take an additional 1 credit if they wish to expand the required 15 page paper to 30 pages in order to satisfy the JD Writing Requirement. *LAW 579W MUST be added no later than 7th week of class.*

        590

        Risk Regulation in the US, Europe and Beyond 2
        • JD - Substantial Research and Writing Project requirement (SRWP)
        • JD - general credits
        • LLM-ICL - general credits
        • International LLM/Exchange/SJD - general credits
        • International LLM, Environmental Law Certificate
        1. Spring 17
        2. Spring 18
        • Final research paper (25+ pages in length)
        • Class participation

        This seminar pursues an advanced, integrated analysis of the law, science and economics of societies' efforts to assess and manage risks of harm to human health, safety, environment and security. The course will examine the regulation of a wide array of risks, such as those from food, drugs, medical care, automobiles, air travel, drinking water, air pollution, energy, climate change, finance, terrorism, emerging technologies, and extreme catastrophic risks (students may propose to research other risks as well). Across these diverse contexts, the course will explore the components of regulatory analysis: risk assessment, risk management (including the debate over "precaution" versus benefit-cost analysis), risk evaluations by experts vs. the public, and risk-risk tradeoffs.  And it will explore options for institutional design and structure, including the interrelated roles of legislative, executive, and judicial functions; delegation and oversight; fragmentation and integration; and international cooperation.

        The course examines these issues through a comparative approach to risk regulation in the United States, Europe, and other countries.  These comparisons address topics including the choice of policy instruments, the selection of which risks to regulate, "precautionary" regulation, "better regulation" initiatives, regulatory impact assessment and regulatory oversight bodies, and others.   It examines the divergence, convergence, and exchange of ideas across regulatory systems; the causes of these patterns; the consequences of regulatory choices; and what regulatory systems can learn from each other.

        Students' research papers in this seminar may analyze specific risk regulations; compare regulations, institutions or tools across countries; formulate and advocate original proposals to improve the regulatory state; or other related topics.

        636

        Food, Agriculture and the Environment: Law & Policy 2
        • JD - Substantial Research and Writing Project requirement (SRWP)
        • JD - general credits
        • International LLM/Exchange/SJD - general credits
        • International LLM, Environmental Law Certificate
        • Public Interest Certificate: General Elective
        1. Fall 16
        2. Fall 17
        3. Fall 18
        • Reflection Papers
        • Final paper (10+ pages in length)
        • Oral presentation
        • Class participation

        In many areas of the country, and especially in North Carolina, sustainable, local food markets represent one of the most exciting opportunities for environmental stewardship, economic growth, value-added agricultural niches, job creation, and community building. However, these opportunities require careful and sustained attention to the legal and regulatory requirements at the international, national, state, and local levels, many of which inhibit the development of sustainable, local food systems.

        The course will focus on (1) the interrelationship of food and agricultural production and environmental sustainability and (2) the ways in which the law influences, and can be used to overcome impediments to, the development of sustainable, local foods-based markets. Students will explore readings from a variety of sources, hear directly from guest speakers from North Carolina's strong network of organizations involved in the local foods movement, and delve into a research project of their own choosing.* Through the semester, students will gain an understanding of how legal rules interact with food safety research, physical infrastructure, personal consumption habits, patterns of private sector investment, race-based and other structural inequalities, to notions of community, underlying cultural and religious values, etc.

        *This project will allow students to explore an issue of interest and contribute their knowledge to this developing field. Papers may be scholarly in nature, but students are encouraged to shape their projects as practical case studies that directly engage the issues and players in the local foods community.