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About the Book

Coastal Law

Front Cover - Coastal Law

Second Edition

Josh Eagle
Solomon Blatt Professor of Law
University of South Carolina School of Law

2015. 750 Pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-4942-1. Teacher's Manual.

About the Book

This book supports a complete course on legal issues related to the conservation and development of coastal property.  The material is highly relevant and practical for students who intend to practice property, environmental, or general law in coastal areas across the nation, e.g., in Florida, Texas, California, North Carolina, and New Jersey.  Due to the extensive coverage of national issues that transcend coastal practice, such as oil spills, storm insurance, Fifth Amendment takings, and climate change adaptation, the course will also be of value to students interested in an advanced environmental law or advanced property law option.

Unique features of Eagle’s Coastal Law:

• By design, the book breaks into thirty-nine 15 to 20 page reading assignments, making it user-friendly for teaching a standard, three-credit course.  (Model syllabi are provided in the detailed teacher’s manual.)  Each reading assignment concludes with a set of discussion questions, helping students to synthesize the material in preparation for class.
• An introductory chapter that includes multidisciplinary material necessary to understanding the rules applicable to coastal development.   This chapter introduces coastal geology, ecology, culture, and economies, employing a range of informative and stimulating readings.
• The most comprehensive coverage of the two common law doctrines, upland rights and the public trust doctrine, that underlie (and complement) modern state coastal statutes.
• A thorough survey of state coastal programs, providing examples from nearly all 30 U.S. coastal states.  Students are introduced to a range of issues facing states, and to practical concepts such as wetlands permitting.
• A robust introduction to legal issues closely related to land conservation and development, such as wind and flood insurance law, and oil spill recovery and restoration.
• Materials in the last chapter of the book provide the opportunity to discuss the future of coastal law, namely how states might consider altering existing legal rules in preparation for climate change impacts like sea-level rise.

Preface / Sample Chapters