Climate Law and Climate Ethics

Information Introduction

Section 1, Fall 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 8/9
Credits: 3
Days Time Room Start Date End Date


1730-1930 WB114

Course Description

Climate change poses challenges to legal instruments and policy regimes, as well as to the normative values and philosophies that inform them. This seminar involves participants in simultaneously examining responses to climate change from law and from ethics in order to ask questions about the relation of regulatory instruments and moral culture. What pressures does climate change put on that relation? What possibilities are there for mutual exchange and cultural adaptation? Co-taught by a scholar of environmental law and a scholar of environmental ethics, the course is jointly listed in the Law School and the College. This course will introduce students to both domestic and international legal regimes for addressing climate change mitigation, adaptation, and compensation, with an emphasis on United States law and policy. It will also introduce students to major frameworks from ethics, including various theories of responsibility, justice, and virtue. Each week the seminar interprets a set of legal instruments by the light of ideas from climate ethics, and assesses normative theories from the perspective of a legal or regulatory initiative. Students will also be introduced to the underlying science behind climate change, and the ways that science influences both the legal and moral response.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): None

Description: None

Written Work Product

Students will be required to submit a substantial research paper due via EXPO by noon on Dec. 20th (day before last day of exam period).

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: Yes

First Day Attendance Required: No

Course Resources: To be announced

Course Notes: This course is cross-listed with the Department of Religious Studies. The seats available reflected above are for LAW 9013 and do not incorporate seats available/taken for the Religious Studies course.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: No

Satisfies Writing Requirement: Yes

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 123820624

Modified Type: ABA Seminar

Cross Listed: Yes

Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic: RELG 5870 (20520)

Concentrations: Environmental and Land Use Law

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