This course considers the status of five "protector" agencies the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Together, the five are responsible for preventing the sale of hazardous consumer products, minimizing pollution in the air, surface waters, and soil, ensuring the purity of the nationís food and potable water supplies, assuring the safety and efficacy of over-the-counter and prescription drugs, promoting the safety of nine million workplaces, and preventing traffic accidents caused by driver behavior and motor vehicle design defects. The five agencies are struggling against the odds to fulfill these missions and most knowledgeable observers agree that they are badly in need of legal, budgetary, and administrative reforms that would allow them to function effectively. This course will examine the root causes of those severe problems, as well as their implications for public health, worker safety, and the environment, giving students the basic tools they need not only to understand the dysfunctions in the regulatory system but to identify potential reforms. The course should be useful to any student considering work in the public sector, especially students considering careers in health and environmental law, and will also give students interested in these issues, but committed to a career in business or other types of public service, the background they need to continue to analyze these issues independently. The course is not a substitute for administrative law, but does count to fulfill the concentration requirements for the health and environmental law programs. A paper written for this seminar may be used to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement. This seminar may be used to satisfy requirements for either or both the Environmental Law and Health Law certificates.
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Last offered Spring 2012.