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Spring 2014
5364 Texas Coastal & Ocean Law - IRVINE- 23291

Professor(s): Charles Irvine (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law 

Time: 4:00p-5:30p  TTH  Location: BLB-3 

Course Outline: Many coastal issues and problems have been associated with the unique environments of the waters bordering coastal states. The course will deal with maritime pollution, ports, fisheries, and weather hazards of coastal living. You will learn much about islands, peninsulas, bays and estuaries, wetlands, and the coastal zone. The content of the course will also focus on philosophy, environmental concerns, and conflicting uses as necessary reasons for a separate government policy concerning coastal zone management. This course is designed to provide information to citizens concerning their rights and responsibilities in coastal law, permit procedures, and necessary understandings of the methods required to deal with government agencies involved in the management of coastal and marine assets. Some limitations applicable to coastal properties are relatively new to Texas and should be understood in the context of Texas Real Property law: others are ancient in origin and as recent as present enforcement practices. An informed professional practitioner must know the principles and have these skills to properly address legal matters which are governed by unique coastal laws, regulations, and rules. Materials from the Texas General Land Office will be provided as well as appropriate state and national publications of interest.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   The course will be taught in a discussion and case study format. Individual studies will be assigned which deal with unique coastal problems and the proper approach to their solutions. Class participation, including dialogue with guest speakers and later critique of their presentations, will be required. By course completion each student will be expected to display skills expected of a practicing professional in his or her first year of practice as those skills relate to statutes and regulations applicable to coastal problems. Suggested outside reading will be regularly assigned to remain abreast of current cases and legislative proposals.


First Day Assignments: Class 01 Reading

Final Exam Schedule: Take home      

This course will have:

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

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