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CEE 611/PSC 603/NRES 612 Environmental Law

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This course is offered online only during the summer session. View upcoming offerings on 365 Learning.

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Examination of current federal laws, rules and regulations concerning the environment. Emphasis on court decisions and interpretations of the law.

About the Course

The course provides students with a broad pragmatic understanding of environmental law and related institutions. It covers the major environmental legislation at the state, regional, and national levels, and reviews the legal process, how laws are implemented, and the impact of environmental regulations. The course provides a background for understanding how the framework of environmental regulations evolves over time and critical legislation.

Learning Objectives

On successful completion of the course, the student should have developed competency in the following areas:

  • A general understanding of the environmental law framework in the United States
  • Knowledge of the how environmental law becomes implemented
  • Understanding of the lexicon of environmental law
  • Application of the material to understand the impact on society


Derek Kauneckis, Ph.D.,

Derek Kauneckis is an associate professor at Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, where he teaches in the Environmental Studies program, and affiliated associate research professor at the Desert Research Institute, Division of Earth & Ecosystem Sciences. He received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Indiana University at Bloomington.

His research focuses on governance and institutional design as applied to environmental and science/technology policy. His current work focuses on climate change adaptation and local governance, the resilience of socio-ecological systems, and policy innovation and the science/policy interface. He is the co-author of "Evaluating transferable development rights at Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency: The evolution of collaboration."  Dr. Kauneckis has received teaching and mentoring awards from Indiana University and the University of Nevada. His work has been supported by the Fulbright Scholar Program; the National Science Foundation (NSF); the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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