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Climate Change: Law and Policy

Hari M. Osofsky
University of Minnesota

Lesley K. McAllister
University of San Diego

2012. 400 pages. ISBN 13: 978-0-7355-7716-9.

About the Book

This innovative coursebook provides an up-to-date, comprehensive introduction to climate change law and its major actors and institutions in an accessible, manageable format linked to extensive web resources to facilitate regular updating of critical topics.


  • Author Hari Osofsky and Lesley K. McAllister are playing a lead role in the emerging field of climate change law and policy, and have been among the first group to develop climate change courses for law schools, graduate, and undergraduate courses
  • Shorter, up-to-date, paperback format with extensive web resources.  Designed specifically for the two to three credit climate change courses that law schools are increasingly offering instead of traditional, casebook treatment.  Also crafted to be accessible for use in graduate and undergraduate courses.  Modular format allows book to keep pace with this rapidly evolving field more easily than a traditional casebook
  • Presents key legal developments.  Covers international, United States, and foreign legal efforts on climate change.
  • Includes a discussion of the role of non-nation-state actors in the formulation of climate change policy.  Provides exposure to the efforts of states, cities, corporations, nongovernmental organizations, and individuals
  • Commentary from leading experts on each topic.  Each chapter includes three brief commentaries from leading experts
  • Exercises on each topic.  Each chapter includes exercises based in major law and policy developments, which can be used in class or for student writing