LAW7656 - Natural Resources Law

LAW7656 - Natural Resources Law

Course Number: 

7656

Type: 

Seminar

Credits: 

3

Prerequisite(s):

none

This course examines the law governing protection and use of natural resources such as water, wildlife and biodiversity, fish and other marine resources, minerals, wetlands, forests, parks and other public lands, and coastal areas. A number of different regulatory and other legal tools are available to manage and preserve natural resources and the course will survey a variety of these, including common law property rights, public regulation, public ownership, as well as the use of economic incentives such as taxes and subsidies. The National Environmental Policy Act's requirement of environmental impact assessment by federal agencies will be covered. The course will consider specific natural resources in the context of the larger ecosystems in which each exists.