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Spring 2018
LAW307  A  HUMAN RIGHTS AND ENVIRONMENT

Course Description
This one-week course focuses on an exciting and fast-moving area of international law – Human Rights and Environment. The course will discuss the history and substance of this relationship, including the ongoing work of both the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment, John Knox, and to a lesser extent the Special Reporteur on Human Rights and Toxic Substances, Baskut Tuncak. The course will examine several controversial issues, including the relationship of human rights and climate change whether there is a human right to a healthy environment, whether corporations have human rights obligations, and the extent to which States have human rights obligations regarding effects outside their territory. Although significant issues remain unresolved, this area stands as one of the success stories of international law generally over the past several decades and of the development of the law of sustainable development.
The course will cover the following topics. 8 Introduction to the International Legal System • International law • International institutions • International dispute settlement 8 Introduction to Human Rights • Procedural rights • Substantive rights • Institutions • Indigenous peoples 8 Introduction to Environmental Protection • Basic concepts of environmental protection • National environmental law • International environmental law 8 The Interface of Human Rights and Environment • History, including synergies and tensions • International instruments • Domestic law o Constitutions o Other • Case law o International o Inter-American human rights system o African human rights system o European human rights system o International Court of Justice o Other • Outstanding issues o Right to a healthy environment o “Extraterritoriality” o Right of non-reversion o Obligations of corporations o Animal rights of Rights of Nature/Mother Earth o Human Rights and Climate Change • Environmental Human Rights Defenders

Class requirements: class participation and a three-hour exam

Short Course Attendance Policy Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.


Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 01-22-2018 - 01-27-2018  

Dates Day Time Room
01-22-2018 - 01-25-2018   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM TBD
01-26-2018 - 01-26-2018   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM TBD
01-27-2018 - 01-27-2018   S  10:00 AM-1:00 PM TBD

Course Frequency
Occasional course offering

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite:
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Class participation and a three-hour exam - February 9th @ 2:00 PM
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
General
Special Attributes:
Short Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Environment & Natural Resources - Basic
Social Justice - Basic
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None

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Professor(s)

MAGRAW, DANIEL


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: dmagraw@gmail.com