International Environmental Law
This seminar examines the question of how global resources like rare species, marine environments, and clean air can be protected within an international legal framework where state actors reign supreme. Sources of international environmental law and associated enforcement mechanisms will be discussed with reference to various environmental problems including climate change, ozone depletion, transboundary air pollution, loss of biodiversity, and over fishing. The relationship between trade, development, and environmental protection will receive particular attention throughout the seminar, as will issues arising from the evolving role of non-state actors. Students will be evaluated based on a research paper and class participation.