Catalogue 2019 - 2020

LAW 725 Environmental Justice



Course Description

This course is designed to identify how communities may advance social justice and address discrimination involving the environment. It will examine case law, legislation, and policy in order to understand the relevant environmental laws, civil rights and constitutional law, and land use controls. Furthermore, it will rely on case studies and exercises in order to examine the tools for community empowerment and leadership skills that advocates may employ beyond litigation, such as through coalition building, public participation in land use and permitting decisions, negotiation with site owners and developers, and an understanding of the role of market forces. Students are encouraged to take this course regardless of whether they have taken an environmental law or related course in the past. Grades will be based on a final paper of thirty pages reflecting independent research and a class presentation based on that paper.