Climate Change Law (LAW 645)

Climate Change is perhaps the most important environmental and public policy issue of our generation.  As greenhouse gas emissions increase, temperatures rise, and the impacts of climate change increasingly can be observed, appropriate legal mechanisms are necessary to address the problem.  In the absence of comprehensive federal legal structures to respond to the climate change crisis, there has been a proliferation of state, local and regional climate change regulation as well as litigation under numerous environmental statutes.  In addition, climate change implicates fields of law as broad as securities disclosure, insurance, and land use.  Within the framework of existing and potential federal, regional, state, and local solutions, this course will examine a wide variety of domestic legal issues on climate change including topics such as proposed federal legislation, cap-and-trade programs, climate ethics and justice, legal issues in carbon sequestration, carbon trading, carbon finance and mitigation through offsets, permitting, and environmental litigation.  We will also examine existing international structures to address climate change.  Throughout the course we will look at cutting edge issues and the latest developments in the field of climate change law and policy.  Prerequisite: Environmental Law Survey or Environmental Skills and Practice.

2 credit hours.

Faculty: Joseph A. Siegel, Adjunct