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Environmental Enforcement

  • Typically offered every other year

NOTE: This course description is new for the 2017-2018 academic year. You may read the prior course description immediately below the new one. 

2017-2018

This course examines how our environmental protection statutes are enforced through civil means (criminal enforcement is the subject of a different course). Topics include civil enforcement, administrative enforcement, citizens’ suits, and the mechanics of actions against the Government under the Administrative Procedure Act. While some attention is paid to state enforcement and relationships between state and federal systems, the focus is mainly on environmental protection statutes administered by the EPA. Because of the procedural emphasis, this course can be useful not only to students with an interest in environmental law, but also to those interested in other regulatory schemes. The class is taught by Professor Johnston. There is a final exam.

Students are also encouraged to take Environmental Prosecution in the Fall for focus on criminal remedies. Each class is also excellent on its own for a study of remedies in environmental cases.

NOTE: The below course description applied in academic years prior to 2017-2018.

DescriptionThis course examines the procedures used to enforce the environmental protection statutes. Topics include civil enforcement, administrative enforcement, criminal enforcement, and citizens’ suits. While some attention is paid to state enforcement and relationships between state and federal systems, the focus is mainly on environmental protection statutes administered by the EPA. Because of the procedural emphasis, this course can be useful not only to students with an interest in environmental law, but also to those interested in other regulatory schemes. The class is team taught by Professors Mandiberg and Johnston. There is a final exam.