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International Environmental Law & Policy
When states choose to cooperate, they have choices over whether to use a written instrument and, if so, over the form and legal nature of that instrument. (Shaffer and Ginsburg, AJIL 2012).
This course explores the role of formal and informal law in the management of international environmental problems. The course will begin with a brief introduction to public international law as it relates to the environment and a discussion of what
international environmental law means. Participants in the course will study a range of environmental issues, legal sources, and institutions. The course will include consideration of international environmental treaties, the role of the International Court of Justice in identifying and establishing international environmental law, international regulation of private conduct that affects the environment, trade and the environment, human rights and the environment, and the relationship between domestic and international law.
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