University of New Hampshire

School of Law

School of Law

Environmental Law

Environmental Law: Through the Lens of the United States Supreme Court



This course will explore important environmental statutes through the analysis of a selection of recent US Supreme Court opinions. For the past three terms under Chief Justice Roberts, environmental law cases have comprised a significant portion of the cases decided, including rulings on novel and important questions under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act ("CERCLA" or "Superfund"). We will review the statutory structure of these acts and discuss the Court's analysis to achieve a deeper understanding of the role of these important statutes in governing our environmental impacts.