Law 618: Natural Resources
This course considers how individual components of nature are fragmented and allocated to various owners and what it means, in terms of rights and obligations, to claim private ownership of a part of the earth. About one-third of the course focuses on the definition and allocation of water use rights, particularly in the more arid states. Close attention is also paid to activities on federally owned lands, including mining, mineral leasing, timber harvesting, grazing, and wilderness preservation. In these settings and others the course examines the conflicting pressures for economic efficiency, environmental conservation, and social fairness. A significant part of the reading is drawn from nonlegal sources.
Sequence and Prerequisites: None.
Evaluation: Final Examination