Administrative Procedure and the Environment
About this Course
This course reviews the legal doctrines that empower and constrain the so-called fourth branch of government-administrative agencies. In many arenas, but particularly in the realm of environmental policy, administrative agencies often "make" more law than courts or legislative bodies, and that law generally has more direct consequences for industry and society. Administrative law is thus fundamentally concerned with whether and how unelected bureaucrats are held accountable as they implement legislative policies. Major topics include agency exercises of power, rulemaking, adjudication, individual participation in agency processes, and judicial review of agency action.