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2020 Online Learning Spring Classes

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2020 Online Learning Spring Classes

Term 1

DIV7620E1/Native Americans & the Law

Professor(s)

Joel West Williams

Semester

2020 Spring Online - Term 1

ENV5105E1/Administrative Law

Provides students with a working knowledge of the general principles of administrative law; implementation of legislative policy through administrative agencies, including the role of administrative agencies in the governmental process, rule making, adjudication, and judicial review of agency actions.

Professor(s)

Holly Geneva Stout, '14

Semester

2020 Spring Online - Term 1

ENV5112E1/Science for Environmental Law

Introduces students to the science critical to environmental law and policy, including climate science, air pollution, toxicology, and natural resource management. It also introduces students to scientific thinking and culture, and explores some of the challenges involved in effectively using science in legal and policy decision-making.

Professor(s)

Ross Jones '00

Semester

2020 Spring Online - Term 1

ENV5122E1/Communications, Advocacy & Leadership

Designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to operate effectively in a variety of careers. Topics include communications to achieve public policy aims; development and implementation of legislative and policy campaigns; and management of enterprises.

Professor(s)

Kathleen Falk

Semester

2020 Spring Online - Term 1

ENV5212E1/Climate Change and the Law

Climate change is the most profound social and environmental issue of the 21st century. This course will integrate the emerging science and law of climate change along with economic and inter-generational equity aspects of the problem. We will consider how existing federal laws such as the Clean Air Act and NEPA may be used to address climate change as well as how new more comprehensive laws may be fashioned. Different policy instruments will be considered including carbon taxes and emissions trading.

Professor(s)

Jack Tuholske

Semester

2020 Spring Online - Term 1

ENV5226E1/Energy Law & Policy-Carbon Constrained World

Examines key issues in American energy policy and searches for ways to ease the strains which that policy puts upon environmental sustainability. The course reviews fundamental facts about our energy demands and sample regulatory orders and legal writings that address many of those elements from the perspective of a legal review. Background readings will include ethical issues of social justice in siting projects and meeting or limiting energy demand, the statutory schemes underlying traditional regulation, and an introduction to wholesale electric markets.

Professor(s)

Semester

2020 Spring Online - Term 1

ENV5344E1/Alternative Fuels and Renewable Energy

With an eye toward the impacts of climate change on both natural systems and possible interference on current energy production, this course considers emerging distributed generation models, surveys the range of emerging energy technologies, and examines the local, state and federal laws and policies that govern transition to renewable energy sources.

Professor(s)

Joshua Sturtevant

Semester

2020 Spring Online - Term 1

ENV5478E1/Global Food Security & Social Justice

This course addresses the legal landscape of global hunger, and the ways in which climate change, population growth and economic inequality intersect with food security law and policy challenges. First, we'll address how "food security" and "hunger" are defined and measured for policy-making purposes. Then, we¹ll explore international legal frameworks supporting food security and comparative domestic legal frameworks impacting food security, including Constitutional food rights, agriculture subsidies and tariffs, and public food and nutrition assistance programs.

Professor(s)

Emily Spiegel

Semester

2020 Spring Online - Term 1

LLM9606E1/L.L.M. Seminar

Explores diverse advanced topics and viewpoints over environmental law and policy, through discussion and lectures from environmental scholars who will present their scholarship to the seminar.

Professor(s)

Johanna Thibault

Semester

2020 Spring Online - Term 1

REQ7186E1/Legislation and Regulation Survey

This course will provide students an introduction to the legislative process, regulatory agencies, and agency law-making. Students will learn to navigate modern U.S. government institutions and processes, with a particular emphasis on the legislative process and the administrative state. Key topics include the structure and animating principles of the U.S.

Professor(s)

Semester

2020 Spring Online - Term 1

RSJ5122E1/Communication Leadership and Advocacy

Designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to operate effectively in a variety of careers. Topics include communications to achieve public policy aims; development and implementation of legislative and policy campaigns; and management of enterprises.

Professor(s)

Semester

2020 Spring Online - Term 1

RSJ7215E1/Narrative Writing Seminar

Professor(s)

Semester

2020 Spring Online - Term 1

RSJ7320E1/New Approaches Domestic/Sex Violence

This course will address how we respond to domestic and sexual violence, the shortcomings to our current approach, and explore meaningful alternatives to our current responses. The course will consider the political, cultural, and legal factors that are influencing shifting attitudes toward crimes of interpersonal violence. Combining cases, with book chapters, law review articles, and online and other material, students will learn about the history of legal responses to crimes of interpersonal violence as well as the current prevailing approach and visions for future approaches.

Professor(s)

Semester

2020 Spring Online - Term 1

Term 2

ADR6415E1/Environmental Dispute Resolution

Explores the range of processes that are used to resolve environmental disputes with particular emphasis on consensual processes such as negotiation and mediation. Instruction will be based on lectures and discussions of the theory of dispute resolution and environmental law and simulations to practice the skills needed to resolve environmental disputes.

Professor(s)

Sarah M. Reiter JD’13

Semester

2020 Spring Online - Term 2

ENV5115E1/Environmental Law

An introduction to the broader categories of protecting human health and the environment to both assess the successes and failures of environmental protection in the U.S. and gain more detailed substantive knowledge of several key statutes.

Professor(s)

Semester

2020 Spring Online - Term 2

ENV5228E1/Energy Regulation and the Environment

Builds on the course Energy Law and Policy in a Carbon-Constrained World by exposing students to the legal, economic, and structural issues involved in energy regulation and energy markets, focusing on electricity. The course examines the evolution, theory and techniques of monopoly regulation; the current processes for rate setting; and the development of competitive, market-based alternatives. The course exposes students to the latest approaches to managing the electric grid, to renewable energy strategies and procurement, energy efficiency, demand side management and green markets.

Professor(s)

Semester

2020 Spring Online - Term 2

ENV5235E1/Natural Resources Law

Examines the statutes and regulations governing the management of the federal lands and their resources. Considers the historical, political, and ecological influences on the law and management of these resources, and includes an introduction to the agencies with jurisdiction over the components of the federal estate.

Professor(s)

Ross Jones '00

Semester

2020 Spring Online - Term 2

ENV5343E1/Climate Change Adapt in Human Systems

Examines the legal challenges raised for society to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Students will examine the confusion and inadequacy of current legal and policy structures to address new risks, and the need for alternative tools in light of rapidly changing circumstances.

Professor(s)

Jack Tuholske

Semester

2020 Spring Online - Term 2

ENV5469E1/Oil & Gas Development & the Environment

Examines the legal and regulatory framework of domestic and international upstream and downstream oil and gas activities.Explores key domestic statutory and common law sources, regulations, and industry standards. Surveys selected international and comparative materials such as oil spill prevention agreements, arbitral decisions, and technical regulations.

Professor(s)

Johanna Thibault

Semester

2020 Spring Online - Term 2

REQ7186E2/Legislation and Regulation Survey

This course will provide students an introduction to the legislative process, regulatory agencies, and agency law-making. Students will learn to navigate modern U.S. government institutions and processes, with a particular emphasis on the legislative process and the administrative state. Key topics include the structure and animating principles of the U.S.

Professor(s)

Kerriann Stout

Semester

2020 Spring Online - Term 2

RSJ7270E1/Clemency Pardon Expungement

Professor(s)

Stephanie Clark

Semester

2020 Spring Online - Term 2