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Water Law and Policy

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[ Academia ] [ Litigation ] [ Regulatory & Policy ] [ Transactional ] as a Related Elective for those interested in Conservation : Conservation and natural resources are central issues in environmental law. Environmental lawyers should be familiar with the current legal and policy debates about the allocation and protection of the world's most crucial natural resource - water. Students considering a career in environmental law may want to take one or more courses focusing on conservation and natural resource issues.

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This course studies how society allocates and protects its most crucial natural resource, water. The emphasis is on current legal and policy debates, although the course also examines the history of water development and politics in the United States. Among the many issues considered are: alternative means of responding to the growing worldwide demand for water; the appropriate role for the market and private companies in meeting society's water needs; protection of threatened groundwater resources; environmental limits on water development (including the Endangered Species Act and the "public trust" doctrine); watershed protection and restoration; Indian water rights; interstate and international disputes over water; and public access to waterways. The course includea several case studies, which require students to think strategically about how they would solve real world problems that have confronted lawyers and policymakers. Students are also expected to participate actively in classroom discussions.

Course Style: A Substantive course teaches the law, theory, and policy in a particular area of law

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