The law school is offering a unique multidisciplinary seminar on Climate Justice this winter and spring quarters. Jeni Barcelos and Jen Marlow, Co- Executive Directors of the law school’s Three Degrees Project (, will teach the course, along with David Battisti, Tamaki Endowed Chair of Atmospheric Sciences, and two graduate teaching fellows.

For the winter quarter, the course will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00–10:20 a.m. at the law school. For the spring quarter, the course will meet on Tuesday mornings from 10:00–11:00 a.m. at the law school, with significant time devoted to outside group work.

The Climate Justice Seminar is open to 25 graduate and professional students from across the University of Washington (application attached). The goal of the course is to examine predicted climate futures in locations around the globe where climate change is likely to harm disadvantaged populations, and to understand the limitations and strengths of international and domestic legal and policy systems to alleviate these impacts. The winter quarter will focus on global climate-related impacts to health, food and water, security, equity and justice. The spring quarter will follow a clinical model of project-based work, where a select group of students and faculty will work directly with communities impacted by the climate crisis to create climate adaptation assessments and apply corresponding legal and policy tools to further climate justice goals.

Students will work in multidisciplinary groups and be advised by the team of core faculty. All students must agree to participate in the winter quarter, but enrollees may opt-in or opt-out of applied project work for spring quarter (winter quarter, 3 credits; spring quarter, 0–3 credits).

All applications must be e-mailed to by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, November 17, 2010. If you have questions in the interim, please contact the seminar’s Teaching Fellows Erin Burke (Earth and Space Sciences) or Shailee Sztern (Evans School of Public Affairs) at:

CJS 2011 Application

More information about last year’s 2010 Climate Justice Seminar here.