Professor Rebecca Bratspies’s Environmental Law class is working Community Board 11 in northeast Queens to analyze new flight patterns into and out of LaGuardia Airport. Community Board member Janet McEneaney reached out the Law School looking for a student to help navigate some of the legal aspects of the FAA’s decision regarding the flight patterns in light of community concerns about noise and pollution. Bratspies saw the request as an opportunity for her class to analyze environmental law from several angles and as an opportunity for students’ work to have a real impact. As part of the class project, students will create a report for the community and present it to the Community Board. “I’m very excited about this,” Bratspies said. “It’s a great opportunity for the college to reach out into the community.”
Prof. Bratspies is the director of CUNY Law’s Center for Urban Environmental Reform. Her teaching and scholarly research focus on environmental and public international law, with a particular emphasis on how legal systems govern the global commons and how law can further sustainable development. She has published widely on the topics of environmental liability, regulatory uncertainty, regulation of international fisheries, and regulation of genetically modified food crops.