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International Environmental Law Skills Lab

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This field course covers international and comparative environmental law in the context of conservation and development in Latin America and the Caribbean, and a 10-day trip to Panama, Central America.  The course will expose students to the treaty-based international and regional legal framework within which conservation occurs in developing countries, as well as to the basic framework of the civil law system (as distinguished from the common law), and the domestic law of Panama and other countries in the region.  In addition to classes on the UF Law campus following Spring Break, students will spend 10 days in Panama.  Home base will be the City of Knowledge campus in the Panama Canal Zone.  This trip will include visits to key international and domestic legal institutions, a Panama Canal transit and day and overnight field trips to protected areas, indigenous villages, tropical watersheds, and a 3-day trip to the Pacific Island of Coiba, a World Heritage Site. A Program fee covers housing and field trips and most meals.  Students must arrange their own travel to the Panama.