Course Details

Energy & Climate Change: Law & Policy

Energy is at the heart of the modern world's economic and societal progress, without which we could very well likely still be living in caves and grass huts and dying by the ripe age of 21. Energy is also at the heart of the dramatic rise in global warming and the unprecedented damage this warming is causing to our climate, our environment and our selves. This means we are faced with a challenge: how do we continue to support worldwide economic growth and the quality of life for millions it will provide, an economic growth which in large part still must be fueled by energy consumption, yet at the same time significantly reduce the global warming caused by the very GHG emissions such energy consumption has spawned and address and adapt to the adverse climate change impacts that are already baked into our climate system. This class will explore the law's role in meeting this existential challenge. The objective of this course is to provide an overview of the major legal principles, statutes, regulations and policies applicable to the energy area; explore from a legal perspective some of the significant issues in the energy space today, with a focus on climate change; and use the intersection of energy and the law to examine the process by which our society makes major public policy, commercial and individual decisions involving complex issues of science and technology.

Catalog Number: REGLAW 942-0
Additional Course Information: MSL students only


Course History

Spring 2020
Title: Energy Law & Policy
Faculty: Cahan, James
Section: 1     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 20     Actual: 13

Spring 2019
Title: Energy Law & Policy
Faculty: Cahan, James
Section: 1     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 24     Actual: 0

Spring 2018
Title: Energy Law & Policy
Faculty: Cahan, James
Section: 1     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 20     Actual: 9