Course Description

601:598. Environmental Regulation of Business (2)

Neil Wise and Marc Davies

This course will address the multiple ways in which environmental laws intersect with and govern business practices. Topics to be addressed include environmental audits; reporting of releases; environmental statutes restricting the transfer of hazardous waste sites; environmental liability of lenders, trustees, contractors, real estate brokers, corporate successors, and dissolved corporations; environmental insurance; and takings issues related to environmental regulation. The course will examine environmental federalism and citizen enforcement of environmental laws, and focus on how federal and state environmental agencies, the regulated community, and environmental groups interact in addressing environmental management standards for business practices.

Format: The course will explore both the theoretical and practical aspects of the topics covered through a mix of lecture/discussion and skills-based exercises and simulations addressing scenarios in the litigation, negotiation, and client counseling contexts.

Prerequisites: None. Basic principles of environmental law are introduced before analyzing the narrower context of the topics addressed in the course.


"The Practice and Policy of Environmental Law," J.B. Ruhl, John C.

Nagle, James Salzman; Foundation Press, 2013 (3d edition).