Environmental Law Compliance & Enforcement (LAW 797H)

Sound legislation is the foundation for effective environmental programs.  However, even the best legislation will not succeed in the absence of well-structured compliance and enforcement programs.  This seminar will explore the full range of compliance and enforcement programs starting with the question of what motivates compliance and then examining the role of compliance assistance, civil and criminal enforcement, and citizen suits.  The course will conclude with a review of the economic and ethical forces that motivate compliance with environmental laws.  The course will provide students the background they need to understand and deal with compliance and enforcement programs whether they are working in government, an advocacy organization or the private sector.

2 credit hours.