LAW Climate Change Law, Policy and Legislation

Prof. Steven Ferrey,

2 credits day; 2 credits evening.


Not offered 2015-2016.


This class navigates the leading edge of the law: Climate change is now a new high-profile ‘meta’ legal and policy issue in the U.S., in the states and in international law. Climate change affects business decisions, international trade and commerce, and the deployment of critical national infrastructure. This course is designed for students to explore Constitutional, legal and topical policy controversies surrounding climate change and how the law interacts with the science of, and the technology associated with, climate change and alteration of global infrastructure. In addition to legal and policy coverage, a guest lecturer(s) will cover the legislative/political process addressing climate, and we will examine the connection between energy use in America and climate change, which “National Jurist” magazine identified as one of the “very hot” growth areas of the law. The course will cover the issues through hands-on real-world simulations and in-class client representation around the key climate change challenges, litigation and policy issues. The course will travel the most interesting legal and policy edges of the climate change ‘meta’ debate and legal challenge.

The course will cover the science of climate change, the international Kyoto Protocol, European climate regulation, and climate change law in the U.S. (10 East Coast states and California have climate change law), examining ongoing litigation over the Constitutionality of U.S. climate change related laws. We will ask the question of whether climate change imperatives change interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, as a federal court of appeals recently concluded. The course will utilize Professor Ferrey’s recent book on climate change law, as well as a series of articles available on the course website electronically. Even for students not yet familiar with the details of climate change, the course is designed to give students transferable, hands-on legal skills regarding advocacy, legislative process, litigation and legal policy useful for many law practice areas. Enrollment is limited because of the skills components of the course.


pointer    Enrollment is limited: 20 

pointer    Elective Course

pointer    Meets Skills Menu Requirement

pointer    May Fulfill Legal Writing Requirement

pointer    Final Paper Required


<<Course Updated: March 15, 2016>>