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, and other federal programs. In dealing with these subjects, students will apply statutory provisions 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 a take-home, essay-style, final exam.