CourseEconomics, Law, Environment, and Governance - Law 697S
Instructor Carol Rose   View Faculty Page
Coteachers:Engel, Kirsten H.
Units 1 - Pass/Fail

None. This course will be open to law students as well as graduate students enrolled in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. This course is also open to graduate students in other departments by request.

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Environmental degradation and the overexploitation of natural resources typically have their origin in an imperfect alignment between resource ownership and the users of beneficiaries of the resource.  Some natural resources may not have obvious owners to manage them, others may have owners who are vaguely defined, like "the public" or "everyone," and still others have private owners who do not face the entire array of costs or benefits in managing the resource.  These misalignments can have such results as air or water pollution, species extinction, human-caused climate change, over-harvesting of marine fisheries, excell-pumping of groundwater, and the deterioration of large-scale ecosystems.  Environmental problems are thus also economic problems and environmental solutions are also economic solutions mediated through legal and policymaking institutions.

The goal of the Economics, Law, Environment and Governance (ELEG Workshop) is to expose students and participating faculty members to a broad range of original research on the economic and institutional foundations of environmental issues and the ways in which economics can inform, critique and improve the legal and policy response to environmental problems.  Topics to be covered include the economic and institutional analysis of natural resource over-exploitation, typically including water resource allocation, climate change, fisheries and public lands management.

The 2013 Workshop will meet periodically over the course of the semester to discuss a work-in-progress by a leading scholar in the field of economics or environmental law and policy, who will present his or her original research to the class.  Each of the speakers' works in progress will be available prior to its scheduled presentation.

Enrollment in the Workshop is expected to draw from graduate students in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, law students and graduate students from other university departments.  We also welcome the attendance of faculty in the fields represented.  The Workshop thus presents students and faculty with an opportunity to learn from scholars in a variety of fields grappling with problems of environmental degradation and their solution.

Course Format

The Workshop will consist of meetings during which leading scholars in the field will present their research for discussion and critique by the enrolled students and participating faculty.

Written Assignments

Students will be required to read the workshop paper in advance of the presentation and to prepare written questions (and justifications for those questions) for the speaker that must be submitted before the workshop.  Students will receive a Pass/Fail grade based upon whether they satisfy the requirement to submit a certain number of questions and do so in a satisfactory manner.

Type of Exam

No exam will be given in this course.

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