This course will examine the formal and informal legal regimes (state, federal and international) governing the acquisition, control, exploitation and preservation of natural resources, such as oil, wind, water, forest, wildlife, and wilderness. The course explores the philosophical, historical, and economic underpinnings of different natural resource legal regimes, and the roles of property rights, custom, and force in their maintenance and modification.
Depending on class size, grading will be based either on a final paper or final exam. Final paper topics will be chosen in consultation with the Professor.
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