The ethical foundations of environmental reasoning, including: intrinsic value, biocentrism, utilitarianism, eco-feminism, deep ecology, social ecology, and religious/spiritual foundations are ones which can be applied to concrete environmental policy issues. Students in this specialization will develop their personal and professional environmental ethics. Courses in this specialization include:
- Environmental Ethics Seminar
- Animal Law and Ethics
- Animal Rights Jurisprudence
- Earth Law
- Environmental Justice
- Global Energy Justice
- Global Food Security
- Indian Tribes as Government Stewards of the Environment
- Law of Animals in Agriculture
Faculty in this specialization come from a wide variety of backgrounds:
Professor Reed Elizabeth Loder is an accomplished ethicist who has served by court appointment on the New Hampshire Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics and is writing a book, “Lawyers and Virtue.”
Professor Hillary Hoffmann’s scholarship addresses the administration and management of federal public lands and tribal lands, including private access and private rights on federal lands, and cultural resource protection.
Professor Stephanie Farrior is a prominent academic and activist in the field of international human rights. She is former legal director and general counsel of Amnesty International.
Professor Jessica Scott was an attorney at the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of General Counsel. There she provided legal advice under the Clean Air Act and many of the numerous federal statutes, Executive Orders, and policies that affect all of EPA’s programs, including environmental justice, federal Indian law, and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.