988 SP Environmental Law, Spring 2011 to Spring 2015

Categories: Environmental Law Administrative and Regulatory Law

Agricultural Law & the Environment

Course Page for Spring 2012 - Tai, Stephanie

Recent bestsellers such as The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: A Year of Food Life have brought greater public attention to the environmental impacts of agriculture, especially industrial agriculture, than in the recent past. Legislative attention has also been on the rise with the current debates over the proposed Food and Energy Security Act of 2007, which contains provisions dedicated to conserving and protecting the environment on tens of millions of acres of farmland, ranch land, and wetlands. We will explore current federal, state, and international debates over how agricultural legal systems can affect the natural environment through case studies of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), soil conservation programs, biofuel incentives, organic certification schemes, and other controversies. Students will have several options in lieu of a final examination: a longer independent research paper that would satisfy the
upper-level writing requirement; a longer directed-research paper in collaboration with a relevant agriculture/environment organization; or a shorter independent research paper and a shorter directed-research paper. Depending on student interest, appetizers cooked from locally grown ingredients may also be provided.

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Food Systems Law and the Environment

Course Page for Fall 2014 - Tai, Stephanie

Bestsellers such as The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: A Year of Food Life have brought greater public attention to the environmental impacts of food systems, especially industrial agriculture, than in the past. Legislative attention has also been on the rise with the more visible debate over the periodic Farm Bills, the primary agricultural and food policy tools of the federal government. We will explore current federal, state, and international debates over how the legal regime related to food systems can affect the natural and human environment through first, a background introduction into the relevant legal regimes, then secondly, case studies chosen by the class. These, in the past, have included concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), soil conservation programs, biofuel incentives, organic certification schemes, and other controversies. Class members will have several options in lieu of a final examination: a longer independent research paper that would satisfy the upper-level writing requirement; a longer directed-research paper in collaboration with a relevant agriculture/environment organization; or a shorter independent research paper and a shorter directed-research paper. Depending on student interest, appetizers cooked from locally grown ingredients may also be provided.

Natural Resources

Course Page for Spring 2011 - Tai, Stephanie

This course covers the law and policy of the disposition and
use of natural resources in the

United States
.
We will emphasize federally owned and managed resources, especially the nearly
one-third of this country's land area that is owned by the federal government,
although you will also learn a little about the management of state and private
lands as well. Main topics include the history of public land law; the
constitutional basis for federal control of natural resources, and legal
doctrines and principles that cut across the whole field. We will study two
important statutes that, while often included in environmental law curricula,
are equally pivotal to natural land use and management in the

United
States
: the National Environmental Policy
Act and the Endangered Species Act. We will then turn to studies of particular
types of resources, including fisheries, wilderness and recreational areas,
water, rangelands, federally owned minerals, and forests.


 


 


 


 


 

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Natural Resources Law

Course Page for Spring 2015 - Tai, Stephanie

This course covers the law and policy of the disposition and use of natural resources in the United States. We will emphasize federally owned and managed resources, especially the nearly one-third of this country's land area that is owned by the federal government, although you will also learn a little about the management of state and private lands as well. Main topics include the history of public land law; the constitutional basis for federal control of natural resources, and legal doctrines and principles that cut across the whole field. We will study two important statutes that, while often included in environmental law curricula, are equally pivotal to natural land use and management in the United States: the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act. We will then turn to studies of particular types of resources, including fisheries, wilderness and recreational areas, water, rangelands, federally owned minerals, and forests.

Recent Offerings of this course by this instructor