Marine & Coastal Environmental Law (LAW-795MC-001)
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This course will explore the legal foundations of state, federal, and international ocean law. The course will examine the laws, policies, and regulations that shape how local communities, the United States, and international bodies use, manage, and protect coastal and ocean resources, including beaches and the coastal zone, fisheries, endangered and threatened species, marine protected areas, areas and biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction, and mineral and gas resources. In addition, the course will spotlight case studies where laws and policies were applied in innovative ways to protect and manage marine resources.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Required Texts: Rieser, et al, Ocean and Coastal Law (OCL), West Group (4th Edition, 2013) available at bookstore
Baur, et al., Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy (ABA), ABA (2d Edition, 2015) available at bookstore
Supplementary materials will be posted on MyWCL
First Class Readings
The Tidelands Controversy
OCL pp. 73-74; 102-111
United States v. California, 332 U.S. 19 (1947).
Parker Drilling Mgmt. Servs. Ltd. v. Newton, 139 S. Ct. 1881 (2019).
The Public Trust Doctrine
Required Reading:OCL pp. 125-162
Mary Turnipseed, et al., The Silver Anniversary of the United States’ Exclusive Economic Zone: Twenty-Five Years of Ocean Use and Abuse, and the Possibility of a Blue Water Public Trust Doctrine, 36 Ecology L. Q. 1 (2009).
ABA pp. 43-51
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