Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for the class, although an environmental law or animal law survey course is recommended.
Exam Type: No Exam
Students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation and either a research paper or two research memos.
This seminar will explore wildlife law and policy, with a focus on high-profile wildlife conservation disputes, including current controversies surrounding international whaling, captive marine mammals, endangered wolves, and dwindling polar bear populations. The seminar will examine the history and evolution of wildlife conservation law, and highlight the major constitutional, ecological, political, and economic issues that shape wildlife resource protection in the 21st century. The seminar will include an overview of key domestic and international laws protecting wildlife, including the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, and the International Convention on the Regulation of Whaling. The seminar will also touch on the World Trade Organization and the role of international free trade agreements in both fostering and inhibiting global wildlife conservation.