Target Audience: Academic law librarians; law librarians in firms that specialize in environmental, international, and/or land use planning law
1) Participants will examine the U.S. and international body of law affecting economic development projects where wildlife may be endangered.
2) Participants will consider the legal context in which conflicts arise between protection of wildlife and economic development projects.
The inevitable conflicts between economic development and wildlife protection are complicated and emotional. The social impacts of cases like the “snail darter case” and events like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill highlight the controversy that often surrounds crucial economic development and equally important wildlife protection. In the 30 years since TVA v. Hill, these clashes have continued both at home and abroad. Professor Zygmunt Plater, who litigated the “snail darter case” and has written and spoken extensively on the case in the past three decades, will present and analyze the body of law and ramifications that grew from that case.