Law 615 - Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy

Sean B. Hecht

Sean B. Hecht

Co-Executive Director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Evan Frankel Professor of Policy and Practice
Co-Director, UCLA Law Environmental Law Clinic
B.A. Yale, 1988
J.D. University of Michigan, 1995
UCLA Faculty Since 2003
Course Description:

More than half of the U.S. population lives near a coast, and we rely on coasts and oceans for a variety of important services like food, transportation, recreation, energy, and goods movement.  Coastal and marine resources increasingly are targets for both intense development and conservation efforts.  This seminar provides an introduction to the laws, policies, and decision-making processes related to coastal and marine resources in the United States, highlighting California.  Through examination of statutes, cases, administrative materials, and academic articles, we will explore issues like coastal land use, offshore energy, ocean pollution, sea-level rise, marine mammals, fisheries, and oil spills.  We will examine U.S. law and policy regimes as they relate to beaches, coastal wetlands, and near-shore ocean environments, focusing on both federal and California state law and policy.

Coastal and ocean resources are governed by a complex array of policies; among the legal authorities we will discuss are: the Clean Water Act, Oil Pollution Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, California Coastal Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Marine Research and Sanctuaries Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, public trust doctrine, takings clause, and national ocean policy.  Some classes may involve guest lecturers.  Grades will be based on participation plus weekly reaction papers OR a final paper (students will have the option to submit either a single final paper that meets the SAW requirement, or three shorter papers).

Course Learning Outcomes:

-Be familiar with the basic legal and regulatory context for coastal and marine development and conservation, with a focus on U.S. federal and California law.
-Understand the basic policy dynamics, values, and interests that shape coastal and marine law and policy.
-Be familiar with the range of written materials and sources that bear on coastal and marine law and policy.
-Develop a deep understanding of at least one specific issue relating to marine law or policy, through focused research.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Sean Hecht 19F 615 SEM 1 R 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 3.0 No Per instructor's discretion