Law Course Catalog

7656. Natural Resources Law

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

This course explores how the law allocates and protects both renewable (water, wildlife, fisheries) and non-renewable resources (oil and minerals) that are dwindling. After reviewing the failures of market economies to distribute/protect resources adequately, the course will trace the allocation of water, wildlife and land using common law and state statutes. Next, the course will examine the management of the vast public lands through federal statutes: National Environmental Protection Act, Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection, Fisheries, Antiquities Act, offshore drilling and oceans. This course is a survey of environmental law and complements other courses offered in regulation of pollutants and energy law.