About This Class
This course explores the characteristics of environmental disputes, examines alternative dispute resolution processes - such as negotiation, mediation, arbitration, negotiated rulemaking, and facilitation - and explores how to select the most effective processes for a given situation. In this course, you will compare the advantages and disadvantages of adversarial and collaborative approaches in environmental conflicts. You will explore cases involving environmental regulations, compliance, remediation of contaminated property, land use development, and renewable energy generation. You will learn through multiple simulations that explore dispute resolution options, the role of impartial third parties, and how lawyers fit into these processes. Students should be prepared to actively engage in each class session.