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Climate Law and Policy

Future Offerings

Climate Law and Policy (2520): Climate change poses an existential threat to our planet. This course, open to law school students and graduate students from other schools, provides a survey of the legal and political mechanisms and social forces that may be leveraged to support decarbonization of global energy systems and adaptation to a warming planet. We will start with a brief introduction to climate science and then consider the international, federal, state and local legal regimes applicable to climate change, with an emphasis on U.S. law and policy. We will also consider the societal dynamics animating public and private net-zero commitments and the role that the environmental justice movement has in advancing climate justice. This course will include guest appearances by luminaries and practitioners in the climate space. Grades will reflect class participation, two short papers, and a take-home exam.

Sections

Climate Law and Policy | LAW 2520 Section 01 Class #1078

  • 3 Units
  • Grading: Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail
  • Exam:
    • One-Day Take-Home Exam
  • Exam:
      • Remote: Details to come
  • Learning Outcomes Addressed:
    • LO1 - Substantive and Procedural Law
    • LO2 - Legal Analysis and Reasoning
  • Course Category:
    • Environmental & Natural Resources

  • 2022-2023 Spring ( )
  • Tue, Thu

Past Offerings

Climate Law and Policy (2520): This course, open to both law and graduate students, offers a survey of historical and current efforts to address climate change in the United States. We will examine legal mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas pollution at the federal, state, and local level, as well as the interplay between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches in shaping those mechanisms. The course will also cover efforts to address the emerging impacts of a changing climate. Students will read primary legal documents--including statutes, regulations, and judicial decisions--in order to evaluate the forces and institutions shaping American climate policy. Additional perspectives from climate science, economics, and political science will provide context as students analyze the evolution of climate law and policy. Grades will reflect class participation, two short papers, and a take-home exam.

Sections

Climate Law and Policy | LAW 2520 Section 01 Class #33570

  • Sean Donahue
  • Sanjay Narayan
  • 3 Units
  • Grading: Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail
  • 2021-2022 Winter
    Schedule No Longer Available
    • 1L: Winter Elective (Open to First-Year JD Students)
  • Exam:
    • Exam format to be determined
  • Exam:
      • Remote: Details to come
  • Learning Outcomes Addressed:
    • LO1 - Substantive and Procedural Law
    • LO2 - Legal Analysis and Reasoning
  • Course Category:
    • Environmental & Natural Resources

  • 2021-2022 Winter
    Schedule No Longer Available

Climate Law and Policy (2520): This course, open to both law and graduate students, offers a survey of historical and current efforts in the United States to address anthropogenic climate change. We will examine legal mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas pollution at the federal, state, and local level, as well as the interplay between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches in shaping those mechanisms. The course will also consider legal aspects of adaptation to a changing climate, as well as efforts to assign legal responsibility for climate change-related harms. Students will read primary legal documents, including statutes, regulations, and judicial decisions. Additional perspectives from climate science, economics, and political science will provide context as students analyze the evolution of climate law and policy. Graduate and Undergraduate students are welcome to enroll with consent of the instructors. See Stanford Non-Law Student Course Add Request Form available at https://law.stanford.edu/education/courses/non-law-students. Research Paper with Special Permission: Students may request permission to prepare a full-length research paper in lieu of taking the Final Exam (but not in lieu of the two short papers). Students will be expected to provide a proposed topic and list of potential sources by April 12; an outline by April 23; and a final paper by May 27. After the term begins, students accepted into the course can transfer from section (01) into section (02), which meets the R requirement, with consent of the instructor. Grades will reflect class participation, two short papers, and a take-home exam or research paper.

Sections

Climate Law and Policy | LAW 2520 Section 01 Class #1063

  • Sean Donahue
  • Sanjay Narayan
  • 3 Units
  • Grading: Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail
  • 2020-2021 Spring
    Schedule No Longer Available
  • Exam:
    • One-Day Take-Home Exam
  • Exam:
      • Details to come
  • Learning Outcomes Addressed:
    • LO1 - Substantive and Procedural Law
    • LO2 - Legal Analysis and Reasoning
  • Course Category:
    • Environmental & Natural Resources

  • 2020-2021 Spring
    Schedule No Longer Available

Climate Law and Policy | LAW 2520 Section 02 Class #34804

  • Sean Donahue
  • Sanjay Narayan
  • 3 Units
  • Grading: Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail
  • 2020-2021 Spring
    Schedule No Longer Available
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent
  • Graduation Requirements:
    • R -Research Requirement for Law Degree
  • Learning Outcomes Addressed:
    • LO1 - Substantive and Procedural Law
    • LO2 - Legal Analysis and Reasoning
  • Course Category:
    • Environmental & Natural Resources

  • 2020-2021 Spring
    Schedule No Longer Available
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