Comparative environmental law is of growing importance to public and private institutions. For example, as multi-national corporations engage in the same manufacturing and resource development activities around the world, it is important that corporate managers and their legal advisers understand how different legal systems regulate these activities. To build that expertise, this course examines environmental regulation in the various legal systems of the world—from the common and civil law traditions to socialist laws, customary law, and Islamic law. Case studies from Canada, China, Europe, India, New Zealand, the United States, and other countries will be examined. Topics for comparative analysis include pollution control, waste management,
habitat degradation, species protection, climate change, and impact assessment.