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Law, Science and Environment Seminar

This seminar examines the complicated intersection between law and science in managing and protecting the environment. Using a variety of environmental and natural resources statutes as examples, it explores integration of law and science in setting regulatory standards; the process of making scientific determinations and resolving disputes involving science; and the challenges of implementing environmental regulations given scientific uncertainties, resource limitations, and political controversy. The seminar also examines specific statutes and topics such as the Data Quality Act; disputes involving science under the Federal Rules of Evidence, adaptive management, scientists as advocates, and science and law in the media. The class grade is primarily based on a paper (note that due to Prof. Rohlf’s sabbatical in Spring, 2014, papers must be completed during 2013).

Meets the W.I.E. Writing requirement.  Anyone wishing to complete the Capstone must get special permission.