STIA-367 Environ Law, Tech, & Justice
Spring for 2017-2018
Many of today’s environmental laws were enacted in the 1970s and have not kept pace with globalization or rapidly-evolving technology. These outdated laws often fail to ensure that the environmental benefits and burdens of new technologies are shared equitably. This course will examine the intersection of environmental law, technology, and justice. We will first cover the building blocks of U.S. environmental law, such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, approaching these laws through the lens of emerging technologies (e.g., nanotechnology, water reuse, renewable energy). We will then turn to international environmental policy issues like climate change, hazardous waste exports, and the rights of indigenous peoples. The course will use a variety of teaching methods, including lecture and classroom discussion, student presentations, guest speakers, a moot court, a negotiation simulation, and two environmental technology and justice field trips in the Washington D.C. area.
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