Coastal & Ocean Law

The subject matter ranges from public and private interests in coastal lands and waters (chapter 1) to ocean pollution and multiple use management (chapter 9). The range of subjects in between include property rights issues in coastal areas, the Coastal Zone Management programs which began nationally in 1972, and adopted in Texas in the late 70's after we began our own Coastal Management programs, and were certified for participation in the National Coastal Management Program. We cover some Maritime Law, Environmental issues, Wetlands issues, and all of the consequences and legal issues created by tropical storms and hurricanes in coastal areas. Beginning with the submerged lands reserved for the states in the thirteen colonies to the three-mile limit, and covering the evolution of that doctrine to the Texas Tidelands case and our right to the ownership of three leagues as opposed to three miles of submerged land. Students enjoy the cases as well as the environmental facts which they learn. A very basic part of the entire course is the Public Trust Doctrine.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Monday, Tuesday 12:30 - 1:45 pm TNH 3.127
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room
Final 12/14/09 8:30 am A-Z

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Schwartz, Aaron R Schwartz, Aaron R