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Ocean and Coastal Law

  • Typically offered every other year

NOTE: This course description is new for the 2016-2017 academic year. You may read the prior course description immediately below this new one. 

2016-2017

The course provides an introduction to the laws regulating natural resources management and environmental protection of coastal and marine ecosystems. The course emphasizes conflicts between public and private uses of the coastal zone, state and federal conflicts, and natural resource issues. Specific topics covered in the course include coastal management, beach access and public trust, fisheries law and the law of the sea, protection of marine mammals, ocean renewable energy development, marine reserves and ocean dumping. Laws and treaties discussed include, among others, the Coastal Zone Management Act, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

Grading is based on an examination.

NOTE: The below course description applied prior to the 2016-2017 academic year.

Description: The course provides an introduction to the laws regulating natural resources management and environmental protection of coastal and marine ecosystems. The course emphasizes conflicts between public and private uses of the coastal zone, state and federal conflicts, and natural resource issues. Specific topics covered in the course include coastal management, beach access and public trust, fisheries law and the law of the sea, protection of marine mammals, ocean renewable energy development, marine reserves and ocean dumping. Laws and treaties discussed include, among others, the Coastal Zone Management Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the Fisheries Conservation and Management Act.

Grading is based on an examination.