International Environmental Law

B783 is taught by Fidler

This course provides an introduction to international environmental law, a vast, complex, and increasingly controversial body of rules that states, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations have developed to address multiple threats to the environment. The course will review basic sources and principles of international law important for collective action on environmental challenges and then explore specific uses of international law with respect to different environmental problems, including transboundary air and water pollution, unsustainable exploitation of environmental resources (e.g., desertification), trade in hazardous wastes and chemicals, and degradation of global environmental commons, including past and recent efforts to combat climate change. Although prior exposure to international law and national environmental law is useful, this course has no prerequisites for enrollment.