Discussion - 3 hours. Core course for Environmental Law Certificate Program. This class examines underlying theory and practice in securing compliance with our major environmental laws. After exploring basic principles of enforcement, we look at current issues arising in implementing environmental law in civil prosecutions, criminal prosecutions, and citizen suits. These include environmental federalism, deterrence-based and cooperation-based theories of enforcement, penalty policies, supplemental environmental projects, mens rea requirements for criminal violations, and standing and other prerequisites for citizen enforcement. In addition to statutory, regulatory, and case materials, the class includes case studies, role plays, and extensive policy discussion.
Prerequisite: Prior enrollment in 285 Environmental Law is recommended, but not required.
Final Assessment: Exam