Comparative Environmental Law Research
About This Class
This seminar is a research and writing seminar that will provide a framework and faculty supervision for students to engage in comparative environmental law research. The seminar will provide opportunities for students to work on U.S.-China environmental law research projects that will provide technical assistance to partners who engage in environmental advocacy and environmental law reform in China. The seminar will enable VLS students to work with their Chinese student counterparts and travel to China to present their research (on the condition that their research papers have been accepted for presentation in a conference or seminar held in China). For this year, students enrolled in this seminar will work on topics or case studies related to the environmental public interest laws. The seminar will provide introduction and background on comparative law and methodology, introduction to Chinese environmental law and governance, and substantive and procedure laws related to environmental public interest litigation, and research methods and resources. Students will learn basic comparative law methodology and research skills related to understand a foreign legal system and generate a series of research reports or a publishable paper at the end of the course. This course will focus on helping students design/refine their research project proposals and critiquing their research and draft papers. This course is a two-semester sequence (fall 2-credits, spring 1-credit), though the fall semester may be taken independently. Students are required to write a paper of 30-35 page equivalents (for 3 credits) or a paper of 20-25 page equivalent (for 2 credits) as their final exam. Method of evaluation: class performance (10%) and the final paper (90%).