Environmental governance often takes place through actions that are voluntary or are the product of extra-legal social norms. This course examines how many of these emerging forms of private environmental governance are influencing the responses of corporations, governments and non-governmental organizations to climate change. The course explores the role of climate change in areas such as commercial transactions, corporate and product carbon disclosure, securities disclosure, and environmental management systems. The commercial transactions portion of the course includes lecture and class discussion, along with mock negotiations in small groups. In each segment of the course, the legal, policy and business implications of climate change are considered. The course materials include public and private standards, legal cases, business case studies, and scholarly articles.
Note: Environmental Law is not a prerequisite for this class.