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Mediation of Environmental and Public Conflicts

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Credit Only: N Anon Gr: N
Conflicts between parties with different views of “the public good” are often difficult to resolve, especially in the environmental and natural resource arena. The judicial dispute resolution process is often not well-adapted to addressing conflicts among jurisdictions and meeting the interests of the public and private parties affected by the conflict. Mediation and other alternative dispute resolution techniques can be very useful tools in these cases. The course uses case studies and simulations to explore techniques and strategies other than traditional litigation that lawyers can use to represent clients and resolve disputes in these settings. The course will address on-going efforts to relicense the Conowingo Dam on the Lower Susquehanna River (set within the clean-up efforts for Chesapeake Bay) as a case study, but will also examine other environmental and public issues as well.