Energy Law and Policy

Developing Environmental Policy

When we think of environmental policies in the USA, we may think of one or more laws geared to improve our nation's air, water, ecosystems, and biodiversity. However, environmental policies and policy-making comprise more than just specific laws and regulations. Making and implementing environmental policy is a process influenced by multiple political, cultural, and economic factors in addition to scientific factors, all of which impact the ability of policies to be effective, that is, to actually improve the environment.

Energy Systems and Policy

This is a survey course that will examine the current U.S. energy industry, from production to consumption, and its impacts on local, regional, and the global environment. The course will seek to provide a fuller understanding of existing energy systems, ranging from technical overviews of each, a review of industry organization, and an exploration of the well-established policy framework each operates within. Near-term demands upon each energy supply system will be discussed, with particular focus on environmental constraints.

Environmental Management, Law and Policy

This course provides an introduction to environmental management with a focus on law and policy as a basic framework. The primary aim of the course is to give students a deeper practical sense of the important relationship between business and the natural environment and to think critically about how best to manage this relationship.

Regulatory Law and Policy

This seminar provides a unique educational opportunity for anyone interested in contemporary developments in regulatory law and policy across a variety of issue areas.

Throughout the term, seminar participants follow regulatory developments in real time as well as encounter some of the most up-to-date research on regulatory issues. The primary work of the seminar centers around the production of The Regulatory Review, a daily, student-produced on-line source of regulatory news, analysis, and opinion that is widely read around the world.

Oil and Gas Law

This seminar is an introduction to oil and gas law and oil and gas disputes, with an emphasis on controversies emanating from hydraulic fracturing.

Land Use Law

This course examines how the development and preservation of land is shaped and controlled through government regulation. Among the major issues this course will examine are: the law of zoning, the constitutional constraints on land use regulation, and the establishment and enforcement of subdivision and land development controls, and other development regulations. The course will examine several current topics in land use regulation, including exclusionary zoning, environmental justice, smart growth, and historic preservation.

Energy Law and Climate Change

This course provides an introduction to U.S. energy law and examines policy initiatives to address the challenges of climate change, focusing on electric generation. The course begins with study of the legal framework of regulation of the U.S. electric utility industry and the evolving power and responsibilities of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, state public utility commissions, and other administrative agencies.

Environmental Law

Much law governing the modern administrative state has developed in response to disputes over environmental law. This course uses federal environmental law as a vehicle for understanding how to analyze statutes and navigate the regulatory process. Students will learn core principles of administrative law, master methods of statutory interpretation, and understand better how law responds to social and economic concerns.

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