The syllabus mentions a group presentation for students to organize in small groups of 2-4 in addition to the paper or exam, and you will be (partially self-) graded in small groups on it too.  The hidden curriculum here is the tension between industrialized country views of what is called international environmental law, and developing country views that often cast the same problems in natural resource law terms because their primary goal is development.  Is your legal viewpoint dictated by principle or by your perspective as either rich and green, or poor and hungry for development?  If possible, I would like for you to work on these problems in mixed groups of developing country and industrialized country students.  If you chose to write a paper you can also select its topic to be related to an individual problem, thus killing two birds with one stone.

Each of you should do one of the below problems in such a small group, culminating in a circa 30 minute joint class presentation with PowerPoint, including questions and criticism from your audience.  I want you to split up in groups of 2-4 for the below problems accessible via link:

Problem One:  Three Gorges Dam, Rights Analysis and Hard Choices

Problem Two:  SBT Negotiations Re Fisheries Quotas and Trade Law

Problem Three:  Stopping Illegal Logging, the Indonesian PERPU

Problem Four:  NAFTA Chapter 11 Challenges to Domestic Environmental Law

Each student group should prepare its answer in the form of a short 2-3 page summary of results for eventual class distribution via e-mail plus a PowerPoint presentation for a classroom discussion.  I want you to take the time to work out answers collectively to specific international environmental law problems in some detail, then make you present them as coherent analyses to the class when we cover related material.  I would prefer for you to split up into groups by yourself if you can, and would otherwise assign you to groups after two weeks.