Exam Type: In-Class
This course examines the challenges, successes, and opportunities in harnessing state and non-state efforts to promote international environmental protection. After laying a foundation in environmental policy instruments, international law, institutions and the challenges of sustainable development, the course addresses concrete regimes designed to address specific international environmental problems, such as ozone depletion, marine pollution, overfishing, biodiversity loss and climate change, among others. The course focuses on how international environmental law and policy work in practice, exploring the dynamic of treaties, negotiations, and the range of actors on the international plane, with discussion of the interplay between domestic legislation and international protection efforts. We will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers who are leading figures in the field.