Courses 2012 - 2013

LAW E 598 Climate Change Law

Credits: 3-4, Max 4


The purpose of this class is to prepare future practitioners to advise clients in all aspects of climate change law, a fast-emerging regulatory structure that is very much in a state of flux after the election of President Trump. By studying the law as it is made, students will have a better appreciation of the administrative rulemaking process, the roles of Congress, EPA, and state legislatures, and likely areas of future regulation and litigation. At the domestic U.S. level, we will focus on EPA’s Clean Power Plan, including its regulatory structure, the previous litigation regarding EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act to promulgate it, the current efforts of the Trump administration to repeal it, and the legal strategies likely to be used to oppose repeal. We will also focus on regional, state, and local greenhouse gas reduction programs, particularly on the West Coast, and how they are likely to intersect with the Trump administration agenda. At the international level, we will review the uneven path forward from the Kyoto Protocol to the Paris Agreement, as well as the expected efforts of the Trump administration to either withdraw from or not comply with the Paris Agreement.

Spring, 4 Credit(s)

Course Sections and Instructors
Instructor(s)
Craig Gannett , Michael Lufkin

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