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In line with its efforts to create unique and relevant learning opportunities for students of Environmental and Natural Resource Law, the Centre for Law and the Environment has undertaken a novel approach to teaching, research and curriculum development. As part of this approach, we have created interdisciplinary case studies - intensive and in-depth legal learning exercises focusing on specific conflicts or environmental or natural resource problems.
Whereas the traditional case study approach uses published judicial opinions as teaching modules, the Centre's approach recognizes that not only do the vast majority of environmental and natural resource problems fail to reach trial and appeal, the most important lessons are to be learned in cases where some other form of legal disposition was obtained. The case studies are based on numerous real-life problems that occur in British Columbia and throughout the world, and require students to integrate information from a variety of sources, including the legal, social, economic, and political factors bearing on a problem.
Each case study offers a collection of information and materials that provides a social, political, economic and legal context for a problem, simulating the difficult interdisciplinary and occasionally trans-jurisdictional challenges facing modern lawyers.