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Topics in Biodiversity Law: Sea Turtles
Summer Course at Stetson Law

Stetson Law will be offering a special course on sea turtles, "Topics in Biodiversity Law: Sea Turtles," in conjunction with its hosting of a meeting of the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles in June.
 
This summer course will provide students:

  1. An understanding of the threats to endangered sea turtles and the legal and policy framework to protect them, from the local level to the international level.
  2. A unique opportunity to contribute to the inner workings of an international environmental treaty.
  3. An opportunity to meet with sea turtle experts from Latin America and the Caribbean.

Stetson Law is located near Tampa Bay, which is the largest open-water estuary in Florida. Loggerheads, green turtles, and leatherbacks commonly nest along the area’s coastline.

This course will provide a study of domestic and international legal mechanisms to protect sea turtles and will examine threats to sea turtles, including habitat loss and degradation, incidental take from activities such as shrimping, and direct harvesting. The course focus will be on the federal Endangered Species Act and the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles, a regional treaty to which the United States is a party.

The course will be taught by Professor Royal Gardner, director of Stetson's Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, and Adjunct Professor Jacki Lopez, staff attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity.

There will be two sections – a one-credit option and a two-credit option — and this course is open to students from Stetson Law and other schools. Space is limited, so early application is recommended. Applications will be reviewed by course instructors for permission to enroll.

» Application for Course Enrollment

Section options include:

1) Topics in Biodiversity Law: Sea Turtles (one credit)

  • Meets from 4-6 p.m., May 27-30, June 2-3

2) Topics in Biodiversity Law: Sea Turtles (two credits)

  • Meets from 4-6 p.m., May 27-30, June 2-3
  • Students must also attend at least 12 hours of the Consultative Committee Meeting of the Inter-American Convention (IAC) for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles on June 4-6. The IAC meeting is scheduled for June 4 (9 a.m.–5 p.m.), June 5 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.), and June 6 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.).

Cost: $1,000 per credit hour
Stetson Law students taking additional summer courses will pay the flat tuition fee charged for the summer session.

Housing: Students traveling to Stetson for this course may stay in a Stetson dorm room from May 26 through June 7 for $300. Available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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