Law-5723 International Environmental Law: 3 hours
In this course you will apply the principles of international law to environmental and development issues. To do so, first you explore the tightly knit and interdisciplinary concerns relating to Sustainable Development (SD), focusing on the pillars of SD: Economic Development, Social Development and Environmental Conservation. Special attention is given to the Millennium Development Goals, and the emerging question of Energy Justice. You will then learn the classically understood elements of Public International Law, including the definition of International Law, the sources of International Law, the structure of the International legal system, the interpretation of International Law, and the application of International Law. A special focus is given to the law of State Responsibility for trans boundary and other forms of International liability. Armed with knowledge of the pressing environmental and developmental policies of the day, as well as a newfound but classic understanding of International Law, you will be asked to serve as an Agent or a Judge in at least two moot court proceedings that are focused on exploring how International Environmental Law deals with issues which include Nuclear liability, Ocean Law, biodiversity, Indigenous Peoples, acid rain, ozone layer depletion, hazardous waste disposal, and population growth. The specifics of the moot change each year to address emerging controversies. There is a midterm exam, and you will prepare an outline of your argument in a moot, as well as an opinion as a judge. You will write a paper on a topic of International Environmental Law rather than a take a final exam.
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