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Law 271: Environmental Law and Policy (Spring 2008, UC Berkeley). Instructor: Professor Holly Doremus. This introductory course is designed to explore fundamental legal and policy issues in environmental law.

Through examination of environmental common law and key federal environmental statutes, including the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Air Act, and Clean Water Act, it exposes students to the major challenges to environmental law and the principal approaches to meeting those challenges, including litigation, command and control regulation, technology forcing, market incentives, and information disclosure requirements. With the addition of cross-cutting topics such as risk assessment and environmental federalism, it also gives students a grounding in how choices about regulatory standards and levels of regulatory authority are made.

Course Curriculum

  • Lecture 01 – What is Environmental Law? Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – The Role of Values Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – Common Law Environmental Doctrines Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – Common Law Versus Public Law Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Introduction to Standing Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Standing (continued) Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Judicial Review Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Introduction: NEPA and the Power of Information Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – The Duty to Prepare an EIS Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – Contents of the EIS – Evaluating NEPA: Other Information Based Strategies Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – NEPA (continued) Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – Risk Assessment and Management Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – From Risk Assessment to Regulation Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – Air Quality Criteria and Standards Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – State Implementation Plans Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – Make-up Session: Grandfathering and New Source Review Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – Automobile Emissions and Technology Forcing Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – Tradeable Emission Permits Unlimited
  • Lecture 19 – Introduction and Overview: The NPDES Program Unlimited
  • Lecture 20 – The Scope of NPDES Regulation (continued) Unlimited
  • Lecture 21 – Effluent Standards for Point Sources Unlimited
  • Lecture 22 – Nonpoint Source Pollution – Water Quality Standards Unlimited
  • Lecture 23 – Introduction: Civil Enforcement Unlimited
  • Lecture 24 – Criminal Enforcement Unlimited
  • Lecture 25 – Citizen Suits Unlimited
  • Lecture 26 – Historical and Theoretical Background: Cooperative Federalism Unlimited
  • Lecture 27 – Sources and Limits of Federal Power Unlimited
  • Lecture 28 – Preemption Unlimited

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