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Climate Change: International Law

Note: You cannot enroll in this course if you have taken Climate Change (LAW-490)

This class takes an in-depth look at our greatest global environmental challenge, climate change, through adiscussion of the international treaty regime. It will begin with an overview of climate science and a discussion of the existing and expected impacts of climate change. Next, the course will discuss the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Kyoto Protocol, the Paris Agreement and the associated Katowice rulebook. Time permitting, the course will discuss related hot topics such as climate and pipeline litigation and the role of non-state actors.

This class will be evaluated based on regular quizzes, class participation, and depending on class numbers, either a climate negotiation simulation or a final paper.