Jean M Carmalt
Covers theoretical, empirical, and comparative aspects of such topics as socio-legal concepts, justice, legal policies, and the institutions of law. Recommended: either POL S 101, POL S 202, POL S 204, or SOC 110.
Environmental disasters are becoming increasingly deadly. Hurricane Katrina, the Indian Ocean Tsunami, earthquakes, volcanoes, and floods are just a few examples of the many ways in which environmental forces threaten human existence. This course examines what responsibility the government has in the context of these disasters. In particular, it looks at the duties that exist in international human rights law and asks which of these duties are most relevant to contemporary disasters.
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