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Spring 2021

5397 Environmental Governance and the Private Sector - FLATT- 29014

Professor(s): Victor Flatt (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law 

Time: 4:30p-6:00p  MW  Location:  

Course Outline: “This class examines the push for more private sector accountability and governance in environmental matters (such as ESG (“Environment, Social and Governance”) and CSR (“Corporate Social Responsibility”) policies) and how this relates to legal requirements in the private sector, particularly laws governing financial and risk disclosure.

The class also looks at private sector environmental governance. In particular, the class will examine the concept of business sustainability drivers and practice, private environmental governance, including the growth of market models, and what legal standards apply.

Students will examine 1) the economic and theoretical bases for environmental laws; 2) emerging corporate and private sector behavior in response to these laws, financial disclosure laws, and public opinion; and 3) private environmental governance.”

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: DistanceEd  The instructor for this course has expressed a preference to operate the course as distance education. This means no physical classroom is assigned for this course. This also most likely means synchronous internet videoconferencing class sessions during the day(s) and time(s) when the course is scheduled to meet. However, other, more flexible modalities are possible, such as not using some of the scheduled class sessions to meet but instead supplementing with asynchronous distance education techniques. More details should be made available from the instructor via their syllabus or via other means as the start of the semester nears.



First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule:      

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: simulation

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)

Course Materials

No book required for this course

Course Materials: Course materials will be provided to students via Blackboard.