LAW7784 - Historic Preservation Law and Public Policy

LAW7784 - Historic Preservation Law and Public Policy

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2/3 (min/max)



This seminar explores the extent to which legal protection should be afforded to the preservation of historic buildings. We will discuss federal statutes governing preservation, religious land use, and archaeological treasures; constitutional issues ranging from the First Amendment to takings law; innovations in building codes that encourage rehabilitation; environmental policy; tax credits; and the utility of nonprofit organizations, stateside and worldwide. We will also survey state and local laws across the country with a focus on Connecticut, a state with a magnificent historic building stock. In lieu of writing a paper, students may with the permission of the instructor construct a policy or legislative project to satisfy course requirements