Wildlife Law

B550 is taught by R. Fischman, W. Weeks

The course covers the basic legal issues involved in conservation and management of wildlife. The coverage includes not just terrestrial animals, but all "wild"-life, including fish and plants. Topics include the relationship between real property and wildlife, sovereignty and federalism issues, the Endangered Species Act, migratory bird conservation, and other federal programs. In dealing with these subjects, students will apply the common law, statutes, and regulations to problems. The class also discusses the public policy, ethical, scientific, and economic issues associated with environmental decision-making. This is a modern wildlife law class, focusing on regulatory issues and biodiversity while de-emphasizing (but still covering) the traditional concern of wildlife law game management. The course will spend more time on the controversial, federal Endangered Species Act than any other source of law.

Most class sessions will be discussion-oriented. Class grades will be based primarily on take-home, essay-style exams modeled on the problems students address in class. Some O Neill MPA and MSES students will take the same class under a different, cross-listed number. All students will engage in small-group activities collaborating with a mix of both law and non-law students.